Raquel G. Hernandez MD, MPH, is Director of the Office of Medical Education at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. An assistant professor of pediatrics in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Hernandez joined the Office of Medical Education in 2011. She has played a key role in developing all aspects of the residency program including the innovative LEAD the PACC curriculum and in inaugurating the program's first class of 12 excellent physician leaders. In addition, Dr. Hernandez developed and implemented the framework for the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine clinic at ACH JHM to be a leading practice in clinical care, research and education.
Dr. Hernandez completed her medical school training, pediatric residency and fellowship in academic general pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During her fellowship she also earned a Master in Public Health degree with an emphasis on nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Her research currently focuses on prevention and management of childhood obesity. She has identified factors that enhance obesity prevention and treatment efforts in within the pediatric primary care setting, with a focus on the role of parental perceptions of child weight, parental participation and modifiable factors in obesity prevention. At the 2014 annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies she presented research demonstrating that few overweight school-age children are able to outgrow their weight problems. At Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Dr. Hernandez is working on a grant-funded project to delineate socio-ecologic factors that promote return to healthy weight. She has also introduced an obesity prevention and treatment model to the resident clinic.
Dr. Hernandez's academic interest in innovating graduate medical education to prepare trainees for the 21st century focuses on defining outcomes and resources that will define the All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine pediatric residency program as a leader in training. Specifically, her work surrounding defining the needs of residents to enhance the care of limited English proficiency (LEP) patients. She is additionally an ongoing contributor to the Johns Hopkins Internet Physician Education Assessment Curriculum, an electronic pediatric focused training curriculum used in over 30 pediatric residency programs across the country.