GRIPE was founded in 1971 by Dr. Thomas Kent at the University of Iowa, at which time:
” A meeting of undergraduate teachers of medical school pathology was held for the purposes of discussing educational objectives, evaluation techniques, and learning materials. There was enthusiasm for developing a test item pool. Represented were the Universities of Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, St. Louis, and Tennessee. ” —– Bulletin of Pathology Education 7:2, 1981.
Since then, GRIPE has increased its membership to include over 60 institutions and affiliated faculty representing many different countries. Each year GRIPE members come together in an annual meeting to share experiences and resources to promote in undergraduate and graduate pathology education. These meetings have resulted in the development of shared teaching resources such as the GRIPE Digital Library and faculty development materials. In addition, these meetings provide a forum to discuss medical education innovations and research, highlighting advances in technology and curricular reforms.