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!

Join GRIPE for Breakfast at IAMSE 2019

The 23rd Annual International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Meeting will be taking place Roanoke, Virginia, USA from June 8-11, 2019. GRIPE will be exhibiting at the meeting and would like to invite all of our members who will be attending this meeting to join us for breakfast on Monday, June 6. The GRIPE Breakfast will take place during the Breakfast Roundtables from 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM.

We look forward to seeing you there!

GRIPE is Now Accepting Workshop Abstracts for the 2020 Annual Meeting

The Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) is now inviting submissions of workshop abstracts for presentation at the annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA, January 23-25, 2020. This year’s theme is “Enhancing Pathology’s Visibility to Our Students, Colleagues and Patients”

Workshop abstracts must include:
Workshop Description
Workshop Objectives to be Met
The abstract must be 500 words or less
*Abstracts will not be considered without an included disclosure form for each presenter completed with the abstract. That disclosure form can be found here.

Click here to submit or visit the GRIPE website at The abstract submission page is under the Annual Meeting heading.
 Please note! If this is the first time you are accessing this site, you will need to create a new user profile.

The deadline for submission is June 15, 2019.

 If you have any questions or issues submitting your workshop abstract, please email

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.

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Will you be attending any pathology conferences? Let us know!

We’d like to get the word out about Pathology Education and GRIPE. To do this, we need your help!

Will you be attending any Pathology-Based Conferences this year? If you are, please let us know! You can send this information to us via email at

We’d like to begin exhibiting at these meetings and your information will help us expand our list of current meetings to attend. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please just let us know at

What is QuickPath to Boards?

QuickPath to Boards is a Facebook group maintained by the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE). This page is beneficial for students in getting help with questions about Pathology when preparing for exams from faculty and other students. The page will also be used to suggest available pathology study materials.

Faculty members are also encouraged to join the private group to help provide answers and clarifications to the many questions that students may have.  It’s a great way to support students outside of the classroom.

The QuickPath to Boards group may be found here:

Download the GRIPE19 Program Book!

We’ve made some logistical changes to the annual meeting this year in hopes of improving the quality of it. We will be printing limited copies of the program book, but have also listed it online so that you may download a copy of it to your device(s).

 Be sure to download your copy of the 2019 Meeting Program Book! The book can be found online here.

 Please be sure to let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or are unable to access the link above via email at or by phone at 304-208-8060. 
We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Before You Go – 2019 GRIPE Annual Winter Meeting

We are just a few days away from the 2019 GRIPE Annual Winter Meeting. As you are preparing for your trip, there are a few items to note/remember.

  • As with nearly all conference hotels, air conditioning tends to be cooler than many like – pack the extra sweater or jacket just in case!
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes. While the hotel is flat and easy to walk, it is more enjoyable in comfortable shoes.
  • Shuttle service is available to and from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), and can be reserved online. Please book at least 24 hours prior to flight arrival time.
  • Registration on Thursday will be open from 12 PM to 5:30 PM in the 2nd Floor Prefunction Area. If you are unable to join us for the Thursday pre-conference sessions, we hope you can join us at 5:30 PM for the Reception in the same location!
  • Be sure to download your copy of the 2019 program book to your device for quick reference.
  • Due to travel, there will be limited support from the GRIPE Administrative Office. We will still be answering emails, but may be slightly slower than usual. If you have any last minute questions or concerns, please be sure to let us know at! Looking forward to a successful meeting!