March 2017 What I’m Thinking About…

Presenters: Drs. Charmaine Ma and Nazlee Tabarsi, Family Practice Residents & Luke Chen, CHES Alumnus and Hematologist

Title: Threshold Concepts

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

  • formal presentations and discussion from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, ongoing moderated discussion 1:00pm – 1:30pm
  • feel free to bring a bagged lunch


  • LSC 1312
  • DHCC 11124
  • MSB 131
  • RJH CA 011
  • KGH CAC 237
  • NHSC 9-374



The volume of information and steep learning curve of residency is often described “trying to take a drink from a fire hose”. Threshold concepts, first proposed 15 years ago (Meyer and Land) offer a tantalizing way to organize and structure learning graduate medical education. Threshold concepts are described as “portals of entry” to expertise in a discipline and are characterized as troublesome, transformative knowledge existing in a liminal space. Difficulties include how to identify threshold concepts (interviews with students, experts, others?) and balancing overly-general concepts with overly specific (weak and strong problem solving routines). In this session, C Ma and N Tabarsi will discuss a work-in-progress in identifying “threshold concepts in anemia”. L Chen will discuss the threshold concept of “supervising resident research” in the context of early-career scholarship.


    1) General introduction to threshold concepts
    2) Presentation of a “work-in-progress”: Threshold concepts in Anemia (C Ma and N Tabarsi)
    3) “Supervising Resident research” as a Threshold concept (L Chen)


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. This Group Learning course meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credits. This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 1.0 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

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