First USIG Member of the Month: Jared “The AAA Man” Brown

We couldn’t not be any happier or prouder to introduce our first member of the month, Jared Brown! Not only Jared is a great dude to hang out with or grab a beer, but he’s the USIG’s Ultrafest Director, a USIG ultrasound mentor, and a clinical rock star M3! If you see him on campus, give his some serious props!!

In directing UK’s first Ultrafest, a free ultrasound education symposium for medical students, he’s bringing ultrasound education to students throughout our region and improving patient care for their future patients. You can always find him at USIG teaching events, leading small groups and giving his free time for ultrasound education of his fellow students. He’s basically an ultrasound genius (if you’ve seen him teaching… you know what I’m talking about). And if all that wasn’t enough, he recently discovered a previously unknown AAA on his clinical rotations, simultaneously catching a potentially life threatening pathology to the benefit of his patient and flipping the educational dynamic to teach his teachers ultrasound.

We ask Jared to answer some questions for this post and his response blew us away, so we’re posting it in it’s entirely below. Be prepared to be blown away for real! Congrats Jared on being an outstanding USIG member and soon-to-be physician! We could not be more proud to call you our own!!

Jared’s Response to Our Request for Info About His Interest in Ultrasound, Involvement in USIG, and How Ultrasound Has Impacted His Patient Care

“History/Roles in USIG and How I Got Involved

My first experience with USIG was in the beginning of my second year and I was immediately hooked. The instant gratification of being able to glimpse inside an actual living person literally brought all the anatomy learned during the previous year to life. As I progressed through the different systems, ultrasound made revisiting topics from class fresh, exciting, and tangible even.

With my new addiction to ultrasound, I enrolled in the Ultrasound Elective during the Spring. I still remember the first time I scanned a patient and saw actual pathology: the gentleman was in decompensated heart failure and the hypomobility of his heart was instantly recognizable. And I recall standing in awe as the Critcal Care doctor managing the patient used the probe as if it were a natural extension of his body to measure and quantify the state of decompensation. In that moment I was truly inspired to continue my ultrasound education and soak up everything and anything I could.

As a third year student, I earned a position as a Mentor with USIG and currently help teach classmates ultrasound at all the workshops. My hope is to instill the the same enthusiasm and excitement for ultrasound impressed in me by my mentors. This year, I am also excited to be directing the first ever Ultrafest at the University of Kentucky — a student-led and faculty mentored ultrasound conference open to all students in the region focused on hands-on learning of ultrasound for all levels of competence.

The AAA Case

During my Internal Medicine rotation on the inpatient team I received an overnight-admit ICU patient with a large number of co-morbidities. After the resident assessed the patient it was my turn to pre-round, and when conducting the physical exam I noticed a slight pulsation of the gentleman’s abdomen. I whipped out my stethoscope and appreciated a bruit on auscultation. Of course, my suspicions were high for a abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Just as I finished up my assessment, I remembered the ultrasound machine kept in the ICU and tried my best to hide my excitement as I found a nurse to let me in the supply room. Back at the bedside, I did my best to remember all the skills I learned over the last year, and, sure enough, the patient had a AAA measuring 4.7 cm. At that point I could no longer hold back my excitement and literally ran to find the resident. For once, during the struggle of being overwhelmed that is third year, I felt a glimmer of competence. One of the most rewarding moments of medical school thus far was the attending congratulating me on the find.

The same patient also had a erythematous area on his left forearm, and later in the day the resident asked me to go back with her to help scan the area. I was put back when she handed me the probe and asked me to show her how the characterize the lesion. I remembered back to when Dr. Dawson walked me through an ultrasound of cellulitis on an ER patient during the Ultrasound Elective. Sure enough, our patient had the classical ‘cobblestoning’ of cellulitis. Just when I could not imagine the day getting any better, the resident used the findings from the scan to guide antibiotic therapy. Nothing compares to the feeling of actually contributing to patient care as a medical student, and I am truly thankful for the ultrasound training I have received as a student at the University of Kentucky.”

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