The embedded librarian in a telehealth continuing medical education program

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This article outlines the involvement of a librarian in an innovative telehealth continuing medical education (CME) program, ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain/Opioid Stewardship (ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain). Survey and focus group data have suggested that embedding a librarian as a member of an interprofessional education program has added value to the program. The embedded librarian (EL) enhanced the program’s ability to share best practices and reduce variations in care by providing accessible, high quality, evidence-based information to members of the ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain community where it may not otherwise have been received. An outline of the ECHO model and the role of the EL, data and a discussion of the role the EL are presented.