Ontological Changes in the Journey to Medicine: Characterising Threshold Concepts from Reflective Essays
  • Room C501, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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Plymouth University staff and students are invited to a seminar and discussion on research by Dr Virginia Randall, Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Threshold concepts were first described by Land and Meyer in the 1980s. Over the last few years they have been applied to medical education at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry by Tracey Collett, Hilary Neve and Nicole Stephen. 

A key feature of threshold concepts is that they require an ontological shift (a new way of seeing oneself). 

Dr Randall worked with medical students to use qualitative analysis of reflective essays to develop eight threshold concepts, including: “It’s about the patient,” “Being smart isn’t enough,” and “Life isn’t fair”. 

The talk on Dr Randall's research will be followed by a discussion forum on the use of threshold concepts in teaching.

Programme

  • 10:00-11:00 - Seminar - Ontological Changes in the Journey to Medicine: Characterising Threshold Concepts from Reflective Essays
  • 11:00-12:00 - Discussion forum: How to use threshold concepts in teaching

Please email kerry.gilbert@plymouth.ac.uk for further information and/or to register your attendance.



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