brian chung

Brian Chung, MD, FRCPC

Emergency Physician, Vancouver General Hospital
Associate Royal College Residency Program Director,
UBC Emergency Medicine, Vancouver Site

Dates of Visit: February 1 – 12, 2021

Purpose of Visit

Brian is thrilled and excited to be able to spend a mini-sabbatical at CHES. His interest in medical education stems from his many years as a residency program director for Emergency medicine at UBC and teaching for the UBC undergraduate medical program. His current interest is Peer review, and he is a novice at exploring a topic in medical education, so he is hoping to start very broadly and get some insight into the topic.

Brian is hoping to start a peer review process for his emergency physician colleagues at Vancouver General, as it has been over a decade since they participated in one. His intent is to explore several areas, including:

  • why/what is the purpose of peer review (feedback, clinical improvement for quality of patient care, coaching)
  • who should participate (selected individuals/entire group/senior/junior members all equally)
  • how (use quantitative metrics of performance, Likert scales for reviewer(s), blinded/confidential/power dynamic issues among group members)
  • outcome (conversation/document)

Brian anticipates some challenges, such as deciding who does the review (360/all group members or one on one with a possible power dynamic issue), what is the outcome (document for individual consumption only or conversation), why should they do a peer review in the first place.


Brian graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto in 1984 and completed his Royal College residency training in Emergency medicine at Queen’s university in Kingston Ontario in 1992. He currently practices full time Emergency medicine at Vancouver General Hospital. Brian is the Royal College residency program director for Emergency medicine at the Vancouver site. He is also involved as a Week Lead in the UBC MD Undergraduate program.