I am interested in threshold concepts as described by Ray Land and Jan Meyer.  They involve an ontological shift in the learner, as well as a struggle in moving from one view of one's self to another.  Threshold concepts are an expansion of the ideas of Miezirow.

Specifically, I am looking at the threshold concepts which medical students encounter. Thus far in my research I have found the following concepts which medical students must struggle with and conquer:  "Medicine isn't black and white but mostly grey," "Life isn't fair," "Being smart isn't enough," "You can't save everyone," "Learning is lifelong."  I am interested in partnering with another health care professional in medical education who would be interested in a joint research venture.  Anyone curious?

Ginny Randall

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