Helen M. Fernandez, MD, MPH
Professor; Director, Geriatrics Fellowship Program; Co-Director, Geriatrics-Palliative Care Fellowship Program; Associate Director, Division of Medical Education
Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Dr. Fernandez completed her residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Saint Vincent's Medical Center in New York. She then completed her fellowship in Geriatrics, where she also served as a Chief Fellow, and a Masters of Public Health degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In 2002 and 2007, she received Geriatric Academic Career Awards. Her career interests include faculty development, evidence-based medicine, learner assessment and medical education.
Dr. Fernandez has presented Annual Updates in Geriatric Medicine at national and regional venues including the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and American Geriatrics Society (AGS). She has presented on topics including geriatric models of care, career and curriculum development development at national and international meetings including the World Gerontology Conference, the ACP International Meeting and the International Association for Medical Education Annual Conference. She is a Course Director for the annual “Intensive Update with Board Review in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine”, in addition to the “Master Clinician-Educator Program in Geriatrics” and “Physician Mini-Fellowships: Geriatrics for Non-Geriatricians” programs. In 2010, she became a National Hispanic Medical Association Fellow and is working on policy recommendations for workforce diversity. In 2010, she received the Leo Tow Gold Humanism Award and appointed as a HRSA Advisory Committee member by the Secretary of Health. In 2010, she was named a Master Educator in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Institute of Medical Education. In 2011, she served as chair of the IME Faculty Development and Primary Care Track Working Groups. In 2013, she was awarded the first American Geriatrics Society Mid-Career Clinician Educator Award. In 2014, she has published several articles in competencies and entrustable professional activities for geriatric fellows and leads the development of a geriatric fellowship assessment toolbox. In 2015, Dr. Fernandez has appeared in several media outlets including CNN, CCTV and NY I discussing issues of aging. Since 2011, she has been a master educator for rural interdisciplinary training which in 2016 was disseminated to Indian Health Services in Washington State, New Mexico and Anchorage, Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.