Community Faculty Spotlight

Celestine Hernandez, M.D.

Celestine Hernandez, M.D.

Celestine Hernandez, M.D., The Elko Clinic, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Each day our community faculty illustrate their commitment to educating future physicians through their passion for teaching and examples of excellence. The Office for Community Faculty would like to shine a spotlight on one of the greatest assets of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, our community faculty. You are making a difference in the lives of medical students, patients, and in our communities.

This month's spotlight is Celestine Hernandez, M.D., The Elko Clinic, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

How long have you been serving as a Community Faculty member?
I became a community faculty member in 2003 and have served ever since (14 years).
How do you serve as a Community Faculty member?
I am a preceptor to third-year medical students.
What is your favorite part about being a Community Faculty member?
My favorite part about serving as a community faculty member is having the opportunity to mold a medical student to truly care for and understand their patients.
What would you tell other physicians who are thinking about serving as Community Faculty?
Precepting gives me a sense of fulfillment that I hopefully, have helped somebody along the way, and they can have this feeling too.
Why do you continue serving as a Community Faculty member with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine?
It is my way of paying it forward. Coming from the Philippines for my Pediatric Residency in Cook County Hospital in Chicago, I was paired with a senior resident who patiently showed me how to be a caring pediatrician and taught me everything she could. And, I had an attending physician who made sure I didn't get culture shock. The great experience they gave me is what I want to give and teach the medical students who rotate with me in Pediatrics. I tell them that when it's their turn, they have to do the same!