Carolina Polanco, MD
Year of Graduation: 2007
Welcome to Pathology Residency at MCWAH website. I grew up in South America, more specifically Ecuador, a warm and beautiful country located in the center of the world. I attended the Universidad Central del Ecuador and was awarded my medical degree there in 2007. I had always thought that pathology was the best route to integrating medical knowledge, because it is a bridge between the basic and clinical sciences, which assists in fully understanding the underlying basis for the disease. During my second year at medical school I was an assistant to an histology professor. This was a great opportunity to share my knowledge and collaborate in the theoretical and practical review of histological sections with first year medical students. After I finished medical school I worked for one year in rural service, as a primary medical provider, as medical graduates in my country do. I decided to apply for private work, but during that time I realized the importance of training in a subspecialty. I had heard from senior colleagues about excellent opportunities to train as a physician in the United States, so I decided to come here. I spent some time at the University of Miami Hospital – Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Miami, Florida, and completed an observership in pathology there. This experience gave me the opportunity to directly see the pathology residents’ life, and I fell in love with this specialty.
Later in 2011 I had the great opportunity to attend an observership rotation in the beautiful city of Milwaukee. I spent four months in the Pathology Department at MCW, and this rotation reaffirmed my desire to complete a residency in Pathology. This program focuses very strongly on AP and CP, and offers you a very approachable group to work with. The attendings are available at any time to answer questions and offer good experience at every rotation. The work is very well prepared, and they are interested in you learning and succeeding as a resident.
I like this program very much, because it gives you every opportunity to be successful in the world of pathology.