Fellow Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Kennard

First, tell us about you. I am from Meridian, MS. I majored in business and decided to go to medical school after I received my MBA from Mississippi State University. I went to medical school at William Carey University-College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my Internal Medicine Residency at UMMC. I am now in the second year of my Rheumatology Fellowship here at UMMC. My husband, Keyes, and I will celebrate our twelfth wedding anniversary in October. We have an energetic four year old son, Carter, and an eight month old Goldendoodle, Einstein.

What do you like most about UMMC? I love the people that I get to work with every day now in my rheumatology fellowship and previously in my internal medicine residency. I have truly felt part of a family here!

Your poster recently won “Best Vignette” award at the Resident/Fellow Clinical Vignette Poster Competition during the national American College of Physicians (ACP) meeting in Philadelphia, PA.  Tell us about that. (what was your case about, who was your mentor, would you recommend writing up cases to others?)

My abstract was titled “A Case of Antisynthetase Syndrome Initially Presenting as Recurrent Pneumonia”. This was one of the first cases that I was a part of in my rheumatology fellowship. I was honored to be chosen as one of the top ten clinical vignette posters at the national ACP meeting this year as I felt there were so many interesting cases represented at the meeting. 

Dr. Shweta Kishore was my attending and helped with this abstract. I think the biggest thing when deciding to write up a clinical vignette abstract is to not get too caught up on if your case is unique or rare enough. There are several ways to present a patient’s presentation in a way to highlight an important aspect that others can take away from the case. For a poster presentation- including imaging, pathology, charts, etc. are great ways to break up the text!

Where do you want to be in life in 5 years? I hope to be growing my community rheumatology practice in Mississippi (location TBD!). My husband and I look forward to being settled somewhere that we can continue to raise our son and be a part of a community long-term.

What has been your favorite part of training at UMMC? The complexity and variety of cases that I get to be involved in at UMMC continues to amaze me. I always tell others that are considering UMMC that there is no other place that you will see as much pathology as you do here.

What are some small things that make your life better?  Well,  I do not consider these small things but I love the time I get to spend with my family. We enjoy traveling and fun activities together; especially trips to Disney World and watching the Bulldogs play!

If you weren’t a physician, what would you do? When I was in high school, I worked at a formal dress shop. I loved this job and always thought it would be fun to own a formal dress shop one day!

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