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