GRIPE May Featured Member Vice President Osvaldo Padilla!

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

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 for more information!

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!

Call for Tom Kent Award Nominees – Deadline 11/15

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.

Nomination Deadline: November 15, 2018

Download the nomination form here

Call for Trainee Involvement & Strategic Planning Committee Volunteers

GRIPE Trainee and Strategic Planning VolunteersThe Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) would like to invite you to become more involved with the association. There are two main areas in which volunteer help is always welcomed and appreciated – the Trainee Involvement and Strategic Planning Committees.

We are seeking broad representation of professional educators and pathologists from around the world. Your availability for a one-hour monthly phone meeting and ready accessibility by email is expected, in addition to great ideas!

Membership at a committee level fosters relationships with like-minded colleagues and may well enhance your professional standing and opportunities. If you have an interest in volunteering for either of these Committees, please email us at by Wednesday, May 3, 2018 to let us know!

GRIPE – Call for Pathology Resources to Share

The Group for Research In Pathology Education (GRIPE) would like to expand our listing of Pathology Resources on the GRIPE website ( Currently, the Pathology Resource listing can be found under the resources tab.

If you have a favorite Pathology resource you’d like to share, email it to us at by May 12.

GRIPE 2017 Meeting Archives Now Available

The 2017 GRIPE Meeting Archives are now available on the GRIPE website! The theme for this meeting was, “Teaching Pathology in the 21st Century.” The 2017 Meeting was held January 26-28 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in sunny Orlando, Florida.

To access the Meeting Archives, visit the GRIPE website ( and click on “Annual Meeting” in the top menu bar. Here, we have listed the previous GRIPE meetings including the 2017 meeting. Clicking on “2017 – Orlando, Florida” will take you to information on the 2017 meeting.

If you have any questions, concerns, or problems accessing the archives, please email Danielle Inscoe at

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Meeting!

Opportunity for Pathology Program Directors and Residents

As the chair of the 2016 Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) Annual meeting, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about a special offer to pathology residents and faculty.

The Non-Member registration fee has been waived! That’s right, you don’t have to be a member to attend at the member registration price of $375.00.

Registration will be $400 after December 15, 2016.
Residents can attend for $200.00.

Our organization presents an excellent opportunity for residents and junior faculty to become involved with an international pathology group. For many medical schools, a record of working with a national or international group in the specialty is a requirement for promotion. We are dedicated to improving pathology education, especially in this era of integrated curricula.

Please join us for the 2016 GRIPE Winter Meeting in San Diego, CA!

San Diego Double Tree Golf Resort
San Diego, California, USA
Date: January 28-30, 2016

Thank you,
Mänette Monroe, MD, MEd, FCAP, FASCP