Nicholas Kenney ’03 faced a happy dilemma as a senior in high school: he had already been offered a full scholarship to attend the University of Louisville, but he felt drawn to Transylvania University, where he knew he would be academically challenged. He had been placed on the alternate list for a William T. Young Scholarship, but he had nearly given up hope of attending Transylvania. Then he got the phone call that changed his path.
Being a William T. Young scholar allowed him to avoid anxiety about finances and focus on his education. His academic work at Transylvania required dedication, precision, and attention to detail, which prepared him well for the grueling course work he encountered during medical school at the University of Louisville, where he finished fifth in his class of 150 students. As a resident in orthopedic surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Kenney found those same traits helpful when he needed to focus on the intricacies of performing a total knee replacement or ACL reconstruction.
Other aspects of the Transylvania experience also helped him in his chosen career. “The leadership and teamwork skills I cultivated while being involved in a fraternity, extracurricular activities, and intramurals helped me be an effective leader and member of the healthcare team.”
Kenney will wrap up his residency in June 2012, leaving behind the opportunity to care for Gators athletic teams from the sidelines at the Swamp so he can complete a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Kentucky.
“I have been proud of accomplishing many things since my time at Transylvania,” said Kenney, “especially being awarded the Resident Teacher Award and publishing an article on minimally invasive surgeries for arthritis during my orthopedic residency. But I’m excited to return to My Old Kentucky Home.”
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