GRIPE – Call for 2019 Program Committee Volunteers

The time has come to begin planning the 2019 GRIPE Winter Meeting! The first step in the process is to form the Program Committee.

We are seeking broad representation of professional educators and pathologists from around the world. The role of the Program Committee is to establish a theme and schedule for the program, select and invite pertinent speakers, and collaborate on various tasks as needed in order to provide the membership with an outstanding annual meeting. Your availability for a one-hour monthly phone meeting and ready accessibility by email from March 2018 through the program in January 2019 is expected, in addition to great ideas and a collegial spirit! The names of participating members will be credited in the conference program.

If you would like to be considered for a position on this Committee please send a brief statement of your interests to by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. We would like to complete selections by March 5, so we can begin our meetings by phone in March 2018.

We hope that you will consider becoming involved in this important and collegial work.

For additional information or questions please contact

GRIPE 2018 – Things to do & See in Las Vegas

If you have some downtime before, during, or after the GRIPE Meeting next week, be sure to visit some of the wonderful things Las Vegas and Nevada have to offer!

  • Grand Canyon
    The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River is a mile-deep canyon (1.6 km) that bisects the park. Even though the average distance across the canyon is only 10 miles/ 16 km, it takes 5 hours to drive the 215 miles / 346 km between the park’s South Rim Village and the North Rim Village.
  • Red Rock Canyon
    Red Rock Canyon features a one-way 13-mile scenic drive, a Visitor Center offering information and interpretation about recreation opportunities, hiking and trails, wildlife, vegetation, geology, cultural resources and much more.
  • Hoover Dam
    On April 20, 1931, construction began on the Hoover Dam, the largest of its kind at the time. Despite the remote location and harsh working conditions, it was completed on March 1, 1936 in less than five years — two years ahead of schedule — and well under budget.
  • Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens
    At Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden, see how chocolate is made, create your own box of goodies and stroll through desert life.
  • Nevada State Museum
    Founded in 1982, the mission of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is to inspire and educate a diverse public about the history and natural history of Nevada. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and disseminates material that contributes to an understanding and appreciation of the state.
  • Planetarium and Observatory at the College of Southern Nevada
    This is Southern Nevada’s only public planetrium. The 68-seat theater features an Evans & Sutherland Digistar 5 high definition hemispheric video projection system that creates virtual realities on an impressive dome surrounding the audience.
  • Extraterrestrial Highway (Near Area 51)
    Located in Rachel, a small city 150 miles north from the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll learn all about Area 51 and get breathtaking views of the Southwest desert.
  • Death Valley National Park
    In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
  • Chloride Mining Town
    Chloride was the home of thousands of people living off the silver mines in the nearby Cerbat Mountains. Now it’s the salt-of-the-earth residence of a few hundred souls. But with weekend re-enactments of gunslinging, bullet-ridden brush-ups and a preserved boardwalked old town, it’s a true slice of the Wild West.
  • Pinball Hall of Fame
    A symphony of quarters clanging, low-fi beeps, upbeat digital sounds and faintly distorted classic rock provides the ambiance for the Pinball Hall of Fame.

Be sure to download your copy of the 2018 Meeting Program Book! The book can be found online here. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

GRIPE 2018 – Last Chance – Photo Contest Deadline January 15!

As a reminder, GRIPE is currently accepting images for the 2018 Photo Contest! All entries must be received by January 15, 2018.

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. You may also submit your images on the GRIPE website here.

If you have any questions or difficulties submitting your images, please let us know via email at or by phone at 304-208-8060.

GRIPE 2018 – Download the Meeting App!

We’re excited to announce we have a brand new mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about the Meeting, including schedules, abstracts, and much more.

Get our guide here:

Android and iOS users:

  1. Tap the “Download” button to download the free Guidebook app
  2. Open Guidebook and you can find our “2018 GRIPE Annual Winter Meeting” guide

There’s still time to register for the 2018 GRIPE Meeting! Registration may be found online at We hope to see you in Las Vegas!

GRIPE 2018 – Photo Contest Reminder – Deadline January 15!

As a reminder, the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) is currently accepting images for the 2018 Photo Contest. All entries must be received by January 15, 2018.

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.)

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. You may also submit your images on the GRIPE website here.

If you have any questions or difficulties submitting your images, please let us know via email at or by phone at 304-208-8060.

GRIPE 2018 – Meeting Abstracts Now Online!

The 2018 GRIPE Annual Winter Meeting poster abstracts are now listed online! We will have 16 poster presentations on the following topics:

  • The Effects of a Student Led Inter-professional Anatomy and Pathology Event
  • How to become an Innovative Pathology Educator
  • Peers as Laboratory Teaching Assistants in Medical Histology
  • Comparison of Methods Designed to Improve the Podiatric Student Learning of Critical Thinking Skills Applied to Patient Encounters
  • Pathology Boot Camp: A Focused Training Program for Medical Students that Aids in the Transition to Pathology Residency
  • A Cutting Edge Mixed Method Approach to Educate Millennials in the era of Personalized Medicine
  • Failure to Learn versus Failure to Retain: Histology and Pathology Alignment
  • Lessons from Wall Street: Implementing a high-stress environment resiliency strategy into a medical residency program
  • “Tumor Board” Simulation: A Team Based Learning Activity for Third-year Medical Students Incorporating Basic Science and Clinical Knowledge
  • Comparative Pathology and One Health: Where Do We Fit?
  • Histology Across The Human Lifespan – Endocrine System
  • The pathology mini-elective: a unique educational opportunity to introduce early stage medical students to the discipline and practice of anatomic and clinical pathology
  • Pathology Education in Osteopathic Medical Schools
  • Enhancing student Learning and Clinical Skills in the Pathology Classroom: An Innovative Strategy
  • Challenges and Strategies to increase engagement in the Pathology Lab Sessions

To view the abstracts, please click here.

Not registered for the meeting yet? Registration is still available online at! The Early Bird Deadline for registration is December 28th, so be sure to register before then for the early bird discount!

GRIPE 2018 – Reminder: Book Your Hotel Room!

The 2018 GRIPE Winter Meeting is right around the corner! Have you reserved your hotel room yet? The GRIPE attendee room rate is $179 per night at the Westin Las Vegas for the nights of January 25-27, 2018. This special rate will be available until December 22, 2017, so now is great time to go ahead and reserve your stay for the 2018 GRIPE Winter Meeting!

After December 22, the hotel cannot guarantee rooms for GRIPE Attendees

To make your reservations online, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

GRIPE 2018 – Early Bird Registration Deadline Reminder

The 2018 GRIPE Annual Winter Meeting is right around the corner! The Early Bird Deadline is December 28, 2017. Currently, registration is $425/$500 for member/non-member. After the Early Bird Deadline, rates will increase to $525/$600 for member/non-member registration. Be sure to register before this deadline to receive the reduced rate! Registration is available online at

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let us know at We’re looking forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

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 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!