Katherina Baranova

Tell me about your background before pathology/medical school?

I was born in Latvia and moved to Canada at age 2. I did my undergrad here at Western in Medical Health Informatics as part of the Biomedical Sciences Program, with a minor in Biochemistry. I also did my medical school at Western. Although I was raised in Toronto, at this point I have spent my entire adult life in London and consider myself an honorary Londoner.

What made you choose pathology as a career?

The beauty of what you see under the microscope, the diagnostic mystery, the systematic way of thinking and looking at things to reach an answer, and the thrill of learning something new every day.

What attracted you to Western’s pathology program?

I went to medical school here and I really liked the hospital system and EMR (more important than you might think). Most importantly though, the mentorship and teaching in the pathology department is top notch and a big reason I wanted to come here. At the end of the day, residency is about learning pathology and Western gives you a fantastic education.

What are some specific things that you like about Western’s AP program?

As cheesy as it sounds, definitely the people. The department is so welcoming, it feels like a home away from home. I love bantering with the other residents in the other resident room, and benefitting from the excellent teaching and wisdom of the staff pathologists. I also think we have a strong relationship with our clinicians, which is very important.

What are your hobbies outside of medicine?

I love drawing and illustrating, as well as hand sewing and gardening. I bike to work in the summer and enjoy spending time outdoors.

What are your academic interests?

I’m interested in molecular research, specifically looking at gene expression. I also have an interest in digital pathology and medical education.

What are your career goals?

My plan is to pursue an international fellowship, and I currently have an interest in dermatopathology and soft tissue pathology.

What is something you would like to tell students who may not be able to do an AP elective at Western?

We’re fun and friendly. From staff to residents to admin to our clinicians, we’re a great group to be around.