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.