THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN NEW ORLEANS

Multi-Lingual Tours
With new direct flights to Europe and South America lining up on the tarmac, New Orleans is seeing a growing number of foreign visitors speaking a host of languages beyond English. And really that’s nothing new, since this city was settled by native tribes, French and Spanish governments and a non-stop stream of immigrants from around the globe. Tours offered in languages from French and Spanish to German, Italian and Japanese bring the city’s vivid history and culture to visitors from around the world.

Night Tours
New Orleans is magical 24 hours a day but the city comes alive after dark. Explore the boundaries of your circadian rhythms with tours that skip along neon-lit streets and bask in the glow of a starlit sky. Themed by nightlife, music and forays into the supernatural, evening tours set the stage for a night to remember. Try one of these to celebrate the waning hours of your Crescent City day.

Street Cars
Streetcars are a charming and convenient way to experience the many areas of New Orleans. Four distinct lines, each originating Downtown, will take you through the French Quarter and beyond to places you might not otherwise get to see.

New Orleans Cemeteries
Burying the dead in a place built below sea level was a problem that faced the earliest residents of the French settlement that became New Orleans. The solution agreed upon, to entomb the departed in elaborate marble chambers above ground, created one of the city’s most lingering attractions: cemeteries that are both historic and hauntingly beautiful. Wander the purported resting places of voodoo queen Marie Laveau, musician Al Hirt and Civil War general P.G.T. Beauregard, all residents of what is known in New Orleans as the Cities of the Dead. Many offer guided tours, others you can explore on your own.

French Quarter
Like the Creole aristocrats lining the galleries of the Historic New Orleans Collection, the French Quarter is a timeless portrait – especially come dusk when swallows glide above the fortunetellers on Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral’s butter-crème-colored walls reflect the fiery sunset. Ghost tours troop past mad Madame LaLaurie’s mansion while neon signs stutter to life on Bourbon Street where syrupy red Hurricanes, slosh in famed ‘go cups’– those plastic tumblers responsible for uncountable curbside parties. Night falls. Horse hooves clop, music throbs and gaslights flicker in a place full of long-told legends and those waiting to be born. Create one of your own.

Jazz, Opera and Everything in Between
Always, forever, the city’s music is its beating heart – especially true during Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and other celebrations. The musical notes of jazz, brass, R&B, soul and many mixes fill the air along with night–blooming jasmine and other fabulous tropical fragrances. Walk down Frenchmen Street, the main artery of the Marigny neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter and take in the vibrant blocks of cafes, music clubs and restaurants including Snug Harbor, d.b.a. and the Spotted Cat.

Major Sporting Events
New Orleanians are of a single mind when it comes to sports teams. They adore them. With teams like the Saints, the Pelicans, the Baby Cakes, and even the Tulane Green Wave, everyone has something to cheer about.

Fifty Free Things
It doesn’t take a lot of money to dive into the real New Orleans, a place with deep culture, proud neighborhoods, vibrant street music, and art, and a history unlike any other city in America. Here are 50 ways you can experience your own New Orleans without spending a penny.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of ten museums and parks dedicated to nature. They serve visitors, the community and the world as an educational resource, an environmental guardian, a leader in economic development and a venue for family entertainment.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located in the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street, encourages you to use all five senses as you explore North America’s largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. You’ll discover why insects are the building blocks of all life on our planet and along the way, you’ll be shrunk to bug size; wander through a mysterious Louisiana swamp; join the active audience of an awards show for bugs, by bugs; and be captivated by thousands of butterflies in an Asian garden. Voted “A top museum for you and your kids” by CNN.com, 2009.

House of Blues New Orleans
House of Blues IS the ultimate night out. It’s where great food sets the stage for amazing live concerts. From VIP experiences with the world’s best artists to our world-famous Gospel Brunch on Sundays, House of Blues is truly where music and food feed the soul.

Pathology Events of Interest

Each year Pathologists and Pathology educators from across the globe come together to share outstanding research, breakthrough methodology and present findings for key feedback. Which events will you be attending?

Group for Research in Pathology Education
January 24 – 26, 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana

Japanese Society of Toxicologic Pathology (JSTP)
January 31 – February 1, 2019
Tokyo, Japan

Florida Society of Pathologists (FSP)
February 22-24, 2019
Orlando, Florida

Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP)
May 16 – 18, 2019
Hong Kong

Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA)
March 31 – April 3, 2019
Grapevine, TX

GRIPE 2019 Photo Contest Deadline January 15, 2019

This is the last call for submissions to the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) 2019 Photo Contest. All entries must be received by January 15, 2019.

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 support@gripeadmin.org or by phone at 304-208-8060.

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: https://guidebook.com/g/gripe19/Android 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 www.gripemeeting.org. We hope to see you in New Orleans!

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 Business Meeting Agenda 

GRIPE 2019 Business Meeting Agenda
Friday, January 25, 2019 – 3:15pm CST

  • Call to Order
  • Recognition of New members
  • Approval of January 26, 2018 Minutes
  • Report from the President: Geoffrey Talmon
  • Report from Executive Director: Regina Kreisle
    1. Membership Model
    2. Budget Review
  • Report from the Central Office: Julie Hewett
    1. Administrative Guide
  • Report of Committees
    1. Image Bank
    2. Question Bank
    3. Trainee Involvement
    4. Strategic Planning
    5. Program
    6. Membership
  • New Business
    1. Bylaws changes
      1. Adopting the Emerging Pathologist award
      2. Changing a quorum of executive committee from 4 to 3
      3. Combining question bank committee and image bank committee.
      4. Establish Membership as a standing committee
    2. Open position of Secretary
    3. Solicitation of volunteers for committees
  • Election of officers
  • Announcement of 2020 meeting – San Antonio, Texas
  • Adjourn

 

#GRIPE19 Plenary Speaker Highlights: Dr. Hooman Rashidi

The GRIPE 2019 Annual Winter 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.

Hooman RashidiDr. Rashidi is a board certified Hematopathologist with an extensive background in informatics and medical education. His bioinformatics background dates back to his graduate school years in the 90s (prior to entering medical school). That experience and expertise enabled me to co-author several popular textbooks in bioinformatics along with now being actively involved in developing several machine learning tools and platforms that him and his colleagues are using for their respective studies. In addition he has also been very successful in publishing several very popular digital tools (including several Apps) in the medical education/hematology arena that are now used worldwide. His background and experiences gives him a great perspective of how to convey this knowledge to those interested in the technology arena.
 Integrating Technology Tools in Medical Education
The use of technology and digital platforms in medical education is an integral part of many programs and courses. The misconception amongst many is that one needs to be a technology expert/ computer programmer to be able to build and incorporate such tools in their particular area of interest/coursework. There are many tools made easily accessible and available to the average user that could help build and incorporate such tools in various settings. This session will discuss such possibilities and help in introducing such tools for an audience with a wide background in this technology discipline.

More information on Dr. Geoff Talmon, our plenary speaker for Friday morning, can be found here.

GRIPE 2019 Photo Contest Now Open

Submission deadline: January 15, 2019

 

The time is again upon us for the GRIPE 2019 Photo Contest. Photos will be accepted in the following categories:

  • GROSS (specimens, patients, etc)
  • MICRO (sections, cytology, etc)
  • OTHER (EM, immunofluorescence, etc)
Photos will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Clarity of Illustration (good example, well prepared specimen)
  • Photographic Excellence (good lighting, nondistracting 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. 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.

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, 2019

Judging will take place at the Winter 2019 GRIPE Meeting, held at the New Orleans Doubletree by Hilton in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Judges will be members of the GRIPE Photo Bank Committee.

Submission Form: Click here!

#GRIPE19 Plenary Speaker Highlights: Dr. Geoff Talmon

The GRIPE 2019 Annual Winter 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.

Generation Z as Medical Students: What Can We Expect?
Presented by Geoff Talmon, MD
January 25, 2019 at 9:00am Eastern Time

Geoff TalmonDr. Talmon is a Professor in the Department of Pathology an Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, NE, specializing in gastrointestinal, renal, liver, and transplant pathology. He completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at UNMC, a fellowship in surgical pathology and the Mayo Clinic, and am currently obtaining a Master of Education in Health Professions from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Talmon serves as the Department’s Vice Chair of Medical Education, program director for the pathology residency program, director of the UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators, program co-chair for UNMC Master in Health Professions Teaching and Technology Program, and co-leader of the preclinical phase of the medical school curriculum.

Generation Z as Medical Students: What Can We Expect?
While the characteristics of Millennial learners and their differences from older educators have been widely discussed with regard to medical education, a new generation of learners will soon be entering health education: Generation Z. Although they share many similarities to their Millennial predecessors, their perspectives and preferences may have an impact on how Gen Z students approach medical training with implications for instruction and beyond. This session will review the basics of the generations active in medical education today with particular focus on the characteristics of Generation Z students.

Following this session, audience members will be able to:

  • Review characteristics of the 5 generations currently active in medical education
  • Differentiate characteristics of Millennial and Generation Z learners
  • Discuss the impact of Generation Z students’ preferences and tendencies on medical education
  • Develop potential strategies for better engaging Generation Z health professions students

Registration for the GRIPE 2019 Annual Meeting is now open! For more information, visit the 2019 GRIPE Annual Winter Meeting Website. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans in January!