I am a first year medical student at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis. I am a lifelong Hoosier and proud to have grown up in the Midwest.
I completed my undergrad education at Wabash College, a small liberal arts college in rural Indiana. I majored in biology and classical studies and was on the football team. My interests are sports, and I follow the Colts and Pacers, enjoy time outdoors and anything aeronautical/space related.
I became interested in an Orthopedics career after shadowing physicians during their surgeries and while experiencing the healing process from my teammate’s, as well as my own, sports related injuries. I really like that orthopaedics is a field that can dramatically improve the quality of people’s lives—from helping athletes get back on the field, providing wounded warriors a chance at normalcy after their sacrifices, or facilitating a neighbors’ return to their daily activities.
Research is the foundation driving medical advancement forward and involves working with a wide variety of people. And so I am excited to be a part of this unique project in the Kacena lab, from working at the lab bench in Indy and all the way up to low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. The opportunity to work in Dr. Kacena’s lab intersects many of my passions: contributing to the betterment of medical research, taking part in furthering space exploration and teaming with others who I can learn from.
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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a communications coordinator for the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she supports the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Ophthalmology. Having earned degrees in journalism and telecommunications ...