Undergrad: Duke (Comparative Area Studies)
Medical School: UCSF
Residency: Preliminary Internal Medicine at UCSF, then EM at LA County + USC
Certification Programs: UCSD Leadership in Academic Medicine, USC Teaching and Learning Fellowship
Dr. Fernandez currently serves as the UCSD associate residency program director and director of medical student programs, where he focuses on medical simulation, internship orientation and preparation, and resident + medical student teaching and mentorship. He is a top-rated faculty, resident and student advocate: encouraging an exciting and supportive educational environment, while emphasizing wellness activities, healthy living, and work-life balance. He currently serves as the conference chair of the Annual Assembly for the California Chapter of ACEP, which is a three year commitment, and on the board of directors for Cal ACEP.
He has authored several simulation cases for use as part of the EM Council of Residency Directors (CORD) innovative mock e-oral boards curriculum, and edited and authored numerous book chapters. Currently, he is participating in the ACEP/SAEM/CORD Medical Education Research Certificate program. As part of that program, a collaborative national survey resulted in an abstract presentation regarding the EM milestone project at national ACEP in 2018.
Prior to joining UCSD in 2012, he served for 7 years as the LA County + University of Southern California DEM director of medical student education, where he was actively involved in building a longitudinal curriculum for EM at the USC Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) as well as mentoring hundreds of medical students through the USC EM Student Interest Group (EMSIG). He has been awarded multiple medical student teaching awards at both USC and now at UCSD.
Dr. Fernandez participated in the UCSD National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine in 2016, as well as a USC Teaching and Learning Fellowship certificate program from 2010-11. He also actively serves on the UCSD Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identify and Sexual Orientation, as well as the UCSD DEM Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. He also currently serves as the faculty advisor for the UCSD EMIG.
In his free time, he enjoys time with his wife, young children and family, as well as surfing (as well as most other water sports), bicycle riding, yoga/meditation, and enjoying the outdoors.
In his free time, he enjoys time with his wife, young children and family, as well as surfing, tennis, and biking.
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