Call for Resource Bank Co-Chairs

The Group for Research in Pathology Education is currently seeking two Co-chairs for the Resource Bank Committee. This committee is responsible for the GRIPE Master Item Bank, including writing original questions, editing current questions for clarity and updates, judging submissions of questions and images and judging the annual Photo Contest. We are seeking two candidates, one to focus on questions and one to focus on images, and encourage all who are interest to submit themselves for nomination. Availability for a one-hour monthly phone meeting and ready accessibility by email is expected, in addition to great ideas!

Why serve as co-chair of the Resource Bank Committee? 

  • Gain experience as co-chair in an international organization
  • Opportunities each month to practice writing NBME-style questions
  • Access to the GRIPE Master Item Bank, even if you are not an Institutional Member
  • Full administrative support for each meeting

If you would like to be considered for a position on either of these Committees, please send a brief statement of your interests to by Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

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

GRIPE May Featured Member Vice President Osvaldo Padilla!

Our association is a robust and diverse set of educators, researchers and medical professionals that come from all walks of life and from around the globe. Each month a member is chosen to highlight their academic and professional career and see how they are making the best of their membership in GRIPE. This month’s Featured Member is Program Committee Member, leader of Trainee Involvement and GRIPE Vice President, Dr. Osvaldo Padilla.

Osvaldo Padilla

Osvaldo Padilla, MD, MPH
Vice President, GRIPE
Associate Professor of Hematopathology
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – El Paso

You’ve been a member of the Program Committee as well as the Executive committee for several years. What has been your impression of the GRIPE annual program in year’s past?
I have enjoyed interacting with my colleagues in a small group setting, which lends itself to a more close-knit group, as opposed to a big meeting where you can easily get lost in the crowd. As a small organization, individuals have the opportunity to participate and have a big impact on our organization, since we are always looking for volunteers with persistence and enthusiasm. 

The annual meeting back in January rolled out several new highlights, including a trainee poster session, workshops, roundtables and an impromptu trainee oral session. What was your involvement in these new features? 
My involvement encompasses getting better communication between medical educators and trainees through dialogues, posters, workshops, etc. In my opinion, feedback between both parties lends itself to better understanding and communication between both groups. I also feel that it is an opportunity for trainees to get exposure to pathology medical education, as a career, as well as offer them workshops that they may benefit from. I was impressed with the number of students who were able to come to New Orleans in January. It was very useful to get their input at the roundtable discussions since this type of face to face dialogue is not always frequent. 

What can we look forward as far as trainee involvement in 2020?

Ideally, I’d like to increase attendance at our conference by making it more interactive with trainees. I think we often underestimate their potential contributions to our organization and their ability to teach in being better medical educators. They are very eager to get involved and take greater responsibility for their education, as seen by their involvement in this past conference. I think more interactions between educators and students would prove extremely valuable for both parties.

What is it about the annual meetings that are a draw for you as a GRIPE member?
Definitely, the interactions with my colleagues and the potential to learn from their teaching methods. I also enjoy the niche of medical educators that we have, but in addition, meeting new individuals, participating for the first time.

Want to find out more information about what happened at the 2019 meeting, or interested in attending the 2020 meeting? Visit for more information!

How Can We Make GRIPE Better For You?

The GRIPE Membership Committee is requesting your participation to complete a briefmembership survey(time estimate: apx. 5 min). The goals of this survey are the following:

1. To gather demographic data to update our records
2. To determine the level of interest in, and value of, various GRIPE activities and resources to our members
3. To collect specific information relevant to the work of some of our committees, and
4. To gather information for new ideas to advance further the mission and success of the organization

The deadline for completing the survey is May 10, 2019.
Please click on the following link to begin the survey:

Download the GRIPE19 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: and iOS users:

  1. Tap the “Download” button to download the free Guidebook app
  2. Open Guidebook and you can find our “2019 GRIPE Annual Winter Meeting” guide

There’s still time to register for the 2019 GRIPE Meeting! Registration may be found online at We hope to see you in New Orleans!

GRIPE 2019 Poster Abstracts Now Online

The 2019 GRIPE Annual Winter Meeting poster abstracts are now listed online. We will have eleven poster presentations on the following topics:

  • An Established Pediatric Pathology Rotation at El Paso Children’s Hospital helps boost medical student interest in Pathology
  • Challenges and Strategies for General Pathology in an Integrated Curriculum in Brazil
  • Computerized bone marrow report templates as a teaching and feedback tool in pathology residency training
  • Generational Differences: Impact on Medical Education and Practice
  • Optimizing Competencies in the Pathology Education for Millennials in the Molecular Era
  • Pathology Teaching Within Physician Assistants, Podiatric Medicine, and Osteopathic Medical Curricula at Des Moines University
  • The Millennial View of Transfusion Medicine Instruction During Medical School
  • The Use of 3D Printers in Medical Education with a Focus on Bone Pathology
  • There is a smart way to teach Pathology: Using resources from BEST network to engage learners
  • GoPro videos in Case-Based Learning: Bringing the Clinical Cases to Life
  • Dungeons and Dragons in the Pathology Lab: Increasing Strategic Thinking and Engagement Through Unfolding Cases

To view the abstracts, please click here.
Not registered for the meeting? Registration is still available online at!

Happy Holidays from the GRIPE Admin Team!

From everyone in the GRIPE office, we would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

The GRIPE Administrative Office will be closed on December 24 & 25, 2018 and on December 31, 2018 and January 1, 2019 for the holidays.

We are truly grateful for the support you have provided to us at GRIPE and are greatly looking forward to what 2019 has in store!

GRIPE 2019 Photo Contest Now Open Deadline January 15, 2019

As a reminder, the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) is currently accepting images for the 2019 Photo Contest. All entries must be received by January 15, 2019.

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. 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 with your entries.

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