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, 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 www.gripemeeting.org for more information!
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 our newly-elected president, Dr. Amy Lin.
Amy Lin, MD President, GRIPE Associate Professor of Pathology and Ophthalmology Director of Medical Student Education Director of Curricular Affairs, College of Medicine University of Illinois at Chicago
What things would you like to see happen in your two years as president? What I would like to see is greater collaboration both within and outside our organization. Aside from gathering for the annual meeting, we could be sharing ideas, research projects and the like among members and partner organizations. I’d be interested in partnering with groups like UMEDS or IAMSE, or any other type of research-based association with a similar mission. One directive that (Past-President) Geoff (Talmon) began during his term was to expand into other health professions outside of medicine such as education in pathology. Even in those realms, we are all facing the same issues.
Another avenue I’d like to explore is to talk more about the educational research aspect of our field and how we can move forward with that. We have a lot of people in our group who are amazing educators, but they don’t necessarily have a background in research. I’d like to help foster more opportunity to bring that back into the meeting and other activities during the year. Possibly even webinars or collaborative research projects.
Where do you see GRIPE going in the next five years? I think we’ll be a better-known resource for pathology educators internationally. We are already seeing greater membership from outside the United States and the newly-established Membership Committee is actively working on several international outreach efforts.
I see GRIPE as more than a source for instructional materials and questions, but we can also be known as a complete resource for Pathology education and educators. People can come to us for mentorship, recommendations, help with research projects and collaboration.
I’m also excited about our trainee involvement initiative! Through our efforts there, we hope to recruit not just medical students into the field of pathology but medical students and residents into pathology education so that they can find their niche here. Including trainees has already helped create more of a dialogue between educators and students. Reaching across student/teacher boundaries has been instrumental in highlighting perspectives from both sides, which will make us all stronger and better able to reach our shared goals.
Anything else you’d like to share with the membership? I am happy to hear your ideas for where you’d like to see the organization grow or if you have ideas on how to promote GRIPE to others. I look forward to serving the membership in 2019 and 2020.