Brian Christensen

Medical Student in Yakima, Washington

I was born in Ontario, Oregon and raised on my family’s small farm across the river in Idaho. During my youth, I was heavily involved in Boy Scouts and earned my Eagle Scout award before graduating from Fruitland High School in 2004. While spending two years as an LDS missionary in northern California I discovered a vibrant passion for helping others. After reflecting on the help I had received, I decided to seek a career in medicine. Upon returning to the gem state I pursued a degree in biology with neuroscience emphasis at BYU–Idaho and graduated in 2011. I applied for admission to Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences' College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012 and matriculated into the program in August of 2013.

While at PNWU, I've participated in many clubs, including surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine in addition to volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission Free Clinic as a student doctor for both regular and osteopathic manipulative sessions. Most notably, I have had the opportunity of completing a year-long Anatomy Scholar fellowship where I have worked with the department faculty in teaching anatomy, neuroanatomy, and histology to first year medical students. I have also had the great pleasure of working with Dr. William Elliott on research investigating the effect of reduced blood pressure targets on cardiovascular outcomes, an abstract of this research has been accepted by the American Society of Hypertension for publication and presentation at their yearly conference in May 2016.

I am currently a third year medical student and look forward to completing my medical training and continuing in life-long educational endeavors.

My interests include: Spending time with my wife, kids, and family, swimming, snowboarding, motorsports, and golfing.

  • Work
    • PNWU-COM Anatomy Scholar
  • Education
    • Brigham Young University–Idaho
    • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences