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 www.gripemeeting.org for more information!

How Can We Make GRIPE Better For You?

The GRIPE Membership Committee is requesting your participation to complete a briefmembership survey(time estimate: apx. 5 min). The goals of this survey are the following:

1. To gather demographic data to update our records
2. To determine the level of interest in, and value of, various GRIPE activities and resources to our members
3. To collect specific information relevant to the work of some of our committees, and
4. To gather information for new ideas to advance further the mission and success of the organization

The deadline for completing the survey is May 10, 2019.
 
Please click on the following link to begin the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GRIPEmembersurvey19

GRIPE April Featured Member President Amy Lin!

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

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.

Would you like to be featured in next month’s article? Let us know by emailingsupport@gripeadmin.org.

GRIPE 2019 Photo Contest Winners Announced

The 2019 GRIPE Winter Meeting had some of the best participation for the photo contest to date. There were nine individuals who submitted photos totaling over 90 images submitted in total. We are happy to congratulate winners in two categories this year:

G19 Photo Contest - Gross


Winner Gross: Stomach – Katherine Wang

G19 Photo Contest Winner - Micro


Winner Microscopic: Coccidiodies – Gloria Sura

If you would like to participate in the 2020 GRIPE Winter Meeting photo contest, keep your eyes peeled for an email later this fall!

How Can We Make GRIPE Better For You?

The GRIPE Membership Committee is requesting your participation to complete a briefmembership survey(time estimate: apx. 5 min). The goals of this survey are the following:

1. To gather demographic data to update our records
2. To determine the level of interest in, and value of, various GRIPE activities and resources to our members
3. To collect specific information relevant to the work of some of our committees, and
4. To gather information for new ideas to advance further the mission and success of the organization

The deadline for completing the survey is March 15, 2019.
 
Please click on the following link to begin the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GRIPEmembersurvey19

Top 5 Reasons Why GRIPE Membership is Valuable

Do you know any Pathologists who aren’t yet GRIPE Members? Here are five reasons they should join GRIPE!

  • Access to the Resource Bank – The GRIPE resource bank contains over 5,500 indexed, peer-reviewed questions and images that have been submitted to GRIPE. It includes multiple choice questions, images with multiple choice questions, and clinical case items.
  • Discounted registration for the Annual Meeting – Being a GRIPE member saves you money for the Annual Meeting. 
  • Access to Job Postings in Pathology Education – GRIPE maintains a job posting on the website for open positions in Pathology. If you’re looking for a new position, it’s easier to look through Pathology listings than to try and narrow all listings to just Pathology.
  • Access to Pathology Mentors – If you are looking to broaden your horizons in Pathology, GRIPE can provide you information on Pathologists or Mentors in your area.
  • Updates with News, resources and information valuable to pathology educators– Any time there is new information or news that might interest Pathology Educators, GRIPE will let their members know.

Joining GRIPE is easy! Visit the GRIPE website today at www.gripeadmin.org and click “Join Today!”

Download the GRIPE19 Meeting App!

We’re excited to announce we have a brand new mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about the Meeting, including schedules, abstracts, and much more. Get our guide here: https://guidebook.com/g/gripe19/Android and iOS users:

  1. Tap the “Download” button to download the free Guidebook app
  2. Open Guidebook and you can find our “2019 GRIPE Annual Winter Meeting” guide

There’s still time to register for the 2019 GRIPE Meeting! Registration may be found online at www.gripemeeting.org. We hope to see you in New Orleans!

GRIPE 2019 Poster Abstracts Now Online

The 2019 GRIPE Annual Winter Meeting poster abstracts are now listed online. We will have eleven poster presentations on the following topics:

  • An Established Pediatric Pathology Rotation at El Paso Children’s Hospital helps boost medical student interest in Pathology
  • Challenges and Strategies for General Pathology in an Integrated Curriculum in Brazil
  • Computerized bone marrow report templates as a teaching and feedback tool in pathology residency training
  • Generational Differences: Impact on Medical Education and Practice
  • Optimizing Competencies in the Pathology Education for Millennials in the Molecular Era
  • Pathology Teaching Within Physician Assistants, Podiatric Medicine, and Osteopathic Medical Curricula at Des Moines University
  • The Millennial View of Transfusion Medicine Instruction During Medical School
  • The Use of 3D Printers in Medical Education with a Focus on Bone Pathology
  • There is a smart way to teach Pathology: Using resources from BEST network to engage learners
  • GoPro videos in Case-Based Learning: Bringing the Clinical Cases to Life
  • Dungeons and Dragons in the Pathology Lab: Increasing Strategic Thinking and Engagement Through Unfolding Cases

To view the abstracts, please click here.
Not registered for the meeting? Registration is still available online at www.gripemeeting.org!