GRIPE 2018 – Plenary Speaker Highlight: Brian Smith

The 2018 GRIPE Meeting is just around the corner, and we would like you to get to know some of our keynote speakers! We have two plenary speakers this year, and we hope you enjoy their presentations.

Brian Smith: Optimizing Lab Medicine Education in Medical School: Creating Intelligent Consumers and Pathologists [Yale University]

Teaching modalities should be identified that are more effective in attaining the goal of educating students to truly apply what they learn in the practical clinical setting and also in encouraging them to develop appropriate habits for lifelong learning. Methods for inclusion of laboratory medicine principles during all stages of the medical student curriculum during all 4 years are critical to reap the benefits of integrated curricula, as is instruction in the use of electronic resources. An in-depth knowledge of laboratory medicine principles is vital to all practicing physicians.

As a result of attending this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand how most current medical school curricula result in poor consumers of clinical laboratory information as well as bored consumers
  2. Learn heuristic approaches that can better optimize learning in laboratory medicine that might improve clinical care outcomes for non-pathologists
  3. Explore innovative approaches to also prepare medical students destined to become “pathologist 2.0”

About Dr. Smith: Brian R. Smith MD is Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Yale University. He is also the Chief of Laboratory Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Have you registered for the 2018 GRIPE Meeting? The Meeting will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 25-27, 2018. Registration may be found online at

GRIPE – Administrative Office Closed November 23-24

As those of us in the United States prepare for Thanksgiving, we would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU for being a part of our success and daily lives.

The GRIPE Administrative Office will be closed on November 23-24, 2017 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume normal business hours November 27.

We are truly grateful for the support you have provided to us at GRIPE. As we begin looking forward to 2018, we are excited for the new opportunities that may lay ahead!

GRIPE 2018 – CME Approval Received for 2018 Meeting

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 GRIPE Winter Meeting has been approved for 12.5 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit through the University of Central Florida College of Medicine!

Have you registered for the 2018 GRIPE Winter Meeting yet? The early bird deadline is December 28th and the hotel reservation cutoff is December 22nd, so be sure to register before then to ensure you receive the discounted rate! Click here for more information on the Meeting and to register today!

GRIPE 2018 – Photo Contest Information – Deadline January 15

The time is again upon us for the GRIPE Photo Contest!

Photos will be accepted in the following categories:

  • GROSS (e.g., specimens, clinical photographs, imaging studies, etc.)
  • MICRO (e.g., sections, cytology, peripheral blood smears, etc.)
  • OTHER (e.g., EM, immunofluorescence, karyotypes, culture plates, hemoglobin electrophoresis, flow cytometry graphs, etc.)

Photos will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of Illustration (good example, well prepared specimen)
  • Photographic Excellence (good lighting, non-distracting background, etc)
  • Usefulness for teaching medical students
  • Does the slide help fill gaps in the GRIPE photo collection

Contributors of photos accepted for entry into the GRIPE Photo Bank will receive a Certificate of Charitable Contribution.

All entries must be original 35mm color transparencies or digital images with a minimum resolution of 768 x 512 and must be in either JPG or TIFF format. There is no limit to the number of entries per person. Please label all images with the name of the entrant, the organ, and the diagnosis and return the completed Contributor Agreement Form posted online here with your entries or you may submit your images for the contest online here.

All photos are submitted with the understanding that they may be used and distributed as part of the GRIPE Photo Bank. Contributors retain copyright control of the accepted images.

Submission deadline: January 15, 2018

Judging will take place at the Winter 2018 GRIPE Meeting, held at the Westin Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Judges will be members of the GRIPE Photo Bank Committee.

GRIPE – Featured Member: Kevin Carnevale, Immediate Past President

This month, we’d like to introduce you to our featured member, Kevin Carnevale, GRIPE Past President:

I’ve been a GRIPE member since 2007 where I was introduced to GRIPE as course director in Pathology at University of South Carolina School of Medicine. GRIPE has been an instrumental part of my career in teaching pathology and has educated me on the many different curriculums, techniques, and challenges in medical and pathology education. I have seen the facilities, exposed to different curriculum, and interacted with different pathology medical educators from institutions within the United States and abroad. Seeing different simulation centers, pathology departments, and the emerging generalized medical education departments at different schools in the United States has been eye opening in the changing landscape of undergraduate pathology/medical education. I currently direct the pathology teaching and education at the physician assistant school, podiatric medical school, and osteopathic medical school at Des Moines University since 2012.

The things I love the most about GRIPE are the passionate pathology educators, collegial noncompetitive atmosphere, and cutting edge techniques, resources, advancements freely exchanged at our annual meeting and throughout the year. I am very comfortable contacting a new or senior members of GRIPE outside the time of our meeting on education techniques, resources, or scholarly activity. Questions and support has always been provided by senior members for tenure/promotion process and letters. We are here to support each other through the changing times at our institutions and GRIPE is an excellent organization to support me in my academic career. This alone is a fantastic reason new faculty members responsible for teaching pathology at their institutions should join GRIPE.

GRIPE is an international organization that has opened my eyes to the ways pathology is taught in Brazil, Australia, and England. The resources and history of undergraduate medical education is quite different in other locations. I have served in many different positions at GRIPE since joining which includes Chair of Image Bank, Chair of Strategic Planning, Secretary, Vice President, and President. I’m currently Past President of GRIPE and a very proud member. This has advanced my understanding, boosted my recognition as a pathology educator nationally/internationally, aided my tenure and promotion application at my institution, and has secured long lasting relationships with other passionate pathology educators. The last feature is the most precious of the several mentioned.

GRIPE 2018 – Last Chance for Tom Kent Award Nominations – Deadline 11/15

As a reminder, nominations for the Tom Kent Award are due by November 15th! The Tom Kent Award is designed to recognize an individual’s exceptional lifetime contribution to pathology education. Nominees should have a broad contribution to pathology education and the nomination should focus on a lifetime of contribution, rather than something done at any one point in time.

Letters to the GRIPE Executive Committee from three GRIPE Members from separate institutions are required to nominate an individual. Letters may also come from outside the GRIPE organization. Nominated individuals do not need to be GRIPE members.

Download the nomination form here

GRIPE 2018 – Plenary Speaker Highlight: Bonnie Miller

The 2018 GRIPE Meeting is just around the corner, and we would like you to get to know some of our keynote speakers! We have two plenary speakers this year, and we hope you enjoy their presentations.

Bonnie Miller: Transforming Medical Education: Curricular Innovation at Vanderbilt University [Vanderbilt University]

This session will review the rationale for the major curricular revisions that are occurring at many US medical schools, and will outline the strategies undertaken at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to address the drivers for change. The session will also present lessons learned from implementing major program reforms and will provide early outcomes information.

As a result of attending this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the major drivers for curricular change in medical education.
  2. Discuss strategies that might be used in addressing these drivers, including changes in teaching approaches and changes in curricular structures.
  3. Discuss challenges that can be encountered in undertaking major change projects, how they can be anticipated and how they might be addressed.
  4. Consider how these lessons could be applied at participants’ home institutions.

About Dr. Miller: Bonnie Miller, MD, is Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education, Vanderbilt University and Executive Vice President for Educational Affairs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Have you registered for the 2018 GRIPE Meeting? The Meeting will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 25-27, 2018. Registration may be found online at

We hope to see you there!

GRIPE 2018 – Last Chance: Distinguished Service Award Nominations Due 11/15

As a reminder, the deadline for Distinguished Service Award nominations is November 15! The Distinguished Service Award is designed to recognize an individual’s exceptional lifetime contribution to the mission of GRIPE.

To be nominated, three GRIPE Members from separate institutions must send letters of nomination to the GRIPE Executive Committee in order to nominate an individual by the November 15 deadline. Letters may also come from outside the GRIPE organization.

Click here to download the nomination form.

If you have any questions, please let us know at