My name is Michael Savaglio. I am a first year medical student at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to moving to Indianapolis I completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Valparaiso University, as well as minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. While at Valpo I also played 4 years of tennis at the Division 1 level, staying on a fifth year as the assistant coach prior to enrolling at Marian. I originally intended to apply to physical therapy schools to further my interest in athletics, but exposure to the medical fields of Orthopaedics and PM&R gave me a change of heart to pursue my passion in a different way while becoming more well rounded in my education.
I joined Dr. Kacena’s lab this winter to be a part of ongoing research in the field of Orthopaedics and find personal growth outside of the classroom. This is my first time participating in research, and I have already learned a lot from the faculty, as well as from the other trainees who are members of the bone healing in space team. Currently, I am slated to assist with two projects beginning this spring that aim to find novel therapies for improving fracture healing. I look forward to witnessing first hand as all of the trials play out and learning as much as possible along the way. The field of medicine is always changing, and participating in research is an exciting way to be a part of it. For any student who might be interested in getting involved in a field they enjoy, I highly recommend it! My goal is to stay involved at IU until entering residency, and I can only imagine the experiences I will be able to look back on after four years of learning at Dr. Kacena’s lab.