Alexandra Hernandez, MD, MCR
Los Angeles, CA
University of Washington
Oregon Health and Science University
I’m originally from southern California and became a Northwest transplant when I came to University of Washington for my undergraduate education. After graduating, I spent a few years working at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center before moving to Portland for medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. I am happy to return to Seattle for residency for the diverse training experience and research opportunities UW has to offer.
Backpacking, biking, cooking, drawing
Trauma, surgical critical care
Gold Humanism Honor Society
Alpha Omega Alpha
American College of Surgeons
Association for Academic Surgery
I chose UW for the close-knit and welcoming resident community, and the diverse training experiences. On my interview day I was also struck by faculty who were passionate about diversity in surgery and health equity, two of my main interests. I immediately felt that UW was a place that would support my interest in merging surgery and health equity work, and would provide me with an amazing resident family. The diverse training opportunity we have across multiple hospital systems and seeing patients from the WWAMI region is another strong asset and provides an amazing clinical experience.
What advice do you have for incoming interns?
Always ask questions when you are not sure and remember you always have backup as an intern. Do your best to keep track of knowledge gaps you encounter at work and turn them into learning opportunities.
What do you like best about living in Seattle?
There are many reasons why I love living in Seattle. Seattle is an incredibly scenic city, on a sunny day you can see the Olympic Mountain range to the west and the Cascades to the East, and the city is surrounded by lakes and the Puget Sound. There is easy access to the wilderness when you need to get away from the city on your day off, and amazing parks within city limits if you only have a few hours to get away.