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

GRIPE 2018 – Pre-Conference Workshop Information

The 2018 Annual GRIPE Winter Meeting will be taking place from January 25-27, 2018. Thursday, January 25 is a pre-conference workshop day, and we would like to highlight one of the sessions for you:

Tips and Tricks for successfully publishing scholarly work in an international journal on Medical Education
Presented by Peter de Jong, Editor-in-Chief of ​Medical Science Educator​, and Julie Hewett

In publishing scholarly work it is important to choose the right strategy in submitting the work to the most appropriate journal. The workshop will give the attendees an overview of several journals for Medical Education and the characteristics of different manuscript types, more insight in the editorial processes of a journal and several concrete strategies to increase the chances of acceptance of their work. The workshop is intended for those with no or little experience in submitting manuscripts to international medical education journals.

At the end of the workshop the participants will have a better understanding of scientific publishing in medical education and the way in how a manuscript should be submitted.

Registration is now open for the 2018 GRIPE meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada! For more information on the meeting or to register today, please visit!

GRIPE – Featured Member: Amy Lin, Vice President

This month, we’d like to introduce you to our featured member, Amy Lin, GRIPE Vice President:

As an eye pathologist and medical educator, I’m a little bit different from most pathologists. My mentor and colleague, the late Dr. Michele Raible, introduced me to GRIPE when I joined the faculty at UIC. She was an active member of GRIPE and said it was a collegial group of people who cared deeply about medical student pathology education. After my first GRIPE meeting, I knew I found my tribe.

Why should you join GRIPE? Here are my top 10 reasons:

  1. Sense of community. You, too, can find your tribe, just like I did! Everyone in this group has shared values, interests, concerns, and struggles. Our ability to discuss common issues and problem solve together helps create that sense of community.
  2. Inclusivity. We welcome pathology educators from allopathic and osteopathic medical schools in the United States and abroad, as well as those from other health professions, such as veterinary, dental, and physician assistant schools.
  3. Mentorship. There’s many years of collective experience in pathology education just a phone call or email away! More senior members are always willing to give advice and mentor junior faculty.
  4. Opportunities for leadership. The organization is fairly small, so there are many opportunities to become the chair of a committee or an officer of GRIPE. Having a leadership role in an international organization, such as GRIPE, is extremely helpful for promotion and tenure purposes.
  5. Resources. The membership of GRIPE are tremendous human resources that you can tap into. Additionally, the Item Bank has over 5,500 indexed, peer-reviewed questions to select from; and the Image Bank has over 4,000 indexed digital images covering a wide range of clinical, gross, and microscopic pathology.
  6. Annual meeting. Our flagship event! This is a great way to get involved in the organization, connect with like-minded people, share your passion for pathology education, and gain new ideas.
  7. Opportunities to present. It’s pretty easy to submit an abstract for a poster, presentation, or workshop for the annual meeting – and many of the submissions are accepted! Presenting at a national conference, such as GRIPE, is extremely helpful for promotion and tenure purposes.
  8. Innovative ideas. People are doing really cool things that you may want to try out!
  9. Lasting friendships. When you first join GRIPE and start coming to the Annual meeting, you will meet different people who will start as acquaintances, then colleagues, and become your friends.
  10. Because we’re fun!!! Need I say more?

If you’re still on the fence about joining, please feel free to contact me or any of the GRIPE officers for more information.

GRIPE 2018 – Meeting Registration Now Open!

The Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) extends a warm welcome to join them in their winter meeting, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year’s theme is “Becoming an Innovative Pathology Educator.”

January 25-27, 2018
Westin Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

To register today, please visit

Hotel: Westin Las Vegas
160 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Please click here to book your room online. The GRIPE attendee room rate is $179.00 per night.

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

GRIPE 2018 – Last Chance: John Holliman Resident Scholarship Deadline 10/31

The deadline for applications for the John H. Holliman Resident Scholarship is drawing close. As a reminder, the deadline for submission is October 31, 2017. Applications are to be e-mailed to or faxed to (304) 523-9701 by the October 31 deadline. Please be sure the applicant’s one-page statement emphasizing his/her interest in teaching and a curriculum vita that demonstrates past teaching experiences are included with the application.

Download the application here.

The scholarship will cover registration expenses (travel and lodging are not included) for the annual GRIPE Winter meeting that will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Westin Las Vegas, January 25-27, 2018.

The scholarship will be awarded by December 1, 2017 at which time the recipient and all applicants will be notified.