Dr. Carlos Fernandez, a second-year resident in the UC Riverside School
of Medicine’s Psychiatry Graduate Medical Education Program, has
been awarded a fellowship by the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship is one of the most renown fellowships
offered and “endeavors to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities
in mental health and substance use care by providing specialized training
to psychiatry residents and medical students interested in serving minority
communities,” according to the American Psychiatric Foundation website.
The fellowship amount is $24,576.
“As an immigrant from Mexico, and being raised in an underserved
community in Southern California, I have a deep rooted sentiment in giving
back to the Latino community as a bilingual psychiatrist,” Fernandez
said. “My goal is to bring mental health services to the diverse,
underserved and displaced populations within Riverside County by increasing
accessibility and empowering patients with knowledge to better understand
mental illness and help eliminate the negative stigma of mental illness.”
Fernandez grew up in Rancho Cucamonga and attended UCR as an undergraduate,
receiving his B.S. in biological sciences. He attended medical school
at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and
then conducted an internship at the New York Medical College. He joined
the UCR psychiatry residency program in 2014.
His research interests include psychopharmacology, anxiety management,
child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and long term care
in schizophrenic patients.
“We are thrilled that Dr. Fernandez has become the first APA fellow
from our program,” said Psychiatry Residency Program Director Dr.
Gerald A. Maguire, M.D. “He is living the mission of the UCR School
of Medicine through his commitment to the community, and the quality and
scope of his work are outstanding.”
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