Dr. Brian Buchanan graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc (hon) in Human Physiology in 2006 and MD in 2010. He went on to complete training in Internal Medicine (Dalhousie University, 2014) and Critical Care Medicine (McMaster University, 2016). Additionally, Brian completed concurrent training in critical care ultrasound and echocardiography (Western University, 2016). He is completing a Masters of Medical Education (Dundee University) with a focus on training, competency and quality assurance in critical care ultrasound (CCUS). Brian was hired by the University of Alberta in 2016 as a faculty intensivist in the Department of Critical Care Medicine. He also began the role of flight physician with the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) in May 2017. His main research interests are curriculum design and ultrasound education and has been leading an Edmonton-wide initiative in CCUS, titles the “ABaCCUS” project (www.ABaCCUS.ca).
Favorite POCUS Experience: Not so much a favorite ultrasound experience as it was serendipitous opportunity. I had just finished completing training in internal medicine and had started in critical care medicine at McMaster University. I had taken a few unconventional electives in IM, which permitted me to set aside ~6 months of time from my ICU fellowship to take on an additional focused competency. I had met Rob at the annual CRUS conference and was immediately awe-struck by the entire experience. Although I came with some prior echo experience, CRUS started the split that tore a hole in my conceptualization of clinical examination. Also….Dr. Arntfield. A consummate professional and a uniquely skilled individual—a personality that wields a strong gravitational field. After some back and forth between Rob and my program director at that time, we decided that we could make this CCUS fellowship happen. To my surprise, the ensuing training and support would indelibly shape my career in ways I could not have imagined.