I’m currently a 3rd year Medical Student at the University of Maryland. I worked with Dr. Kennedy for two years leading up to my matriculation to medical school. My work as a part of the research team was not only a large part of my acceptance to medical school, but will continue to impact my career through residency and many years beyond that. Through my two years, as well as my continued work with Dr. Kennedy, I have been able to publish over 20 manuscripts in medical journals and have presented our work at conferences across the globe, spanning from all over North America to Europe and Asia. Without Dr. Kennedy’s mentorship, none of that would have been possible. Working with the Kennedy research team allowed me to become an analytical and effective researcher. The skills I developed have given me the ability to continue to contribute to orthopedic research and improve the care we provide to patients. Beyond that, Dr. Kennedy imparted clinical skills and knowledge that have improved my personal patient care. He goes above and beyond, dedicating more far more time to his students than the average attending physician. The lessons I learned from Dr. Kennedy prepared me to excel in medical school and have given me the tools to carry out meaningful research throughout my career.