August 2019 Update

AMEE2019 Vienna  


The AMEE conference starts tonight with threshold concepts as one of its themes. Ray Land is giving a keynote and there are several workshops :

  • thresholds in relation to global health (David Davies et al)
  • putting thresholds into practice in health profession education (Hilary Neve et al)
  • thresholds in relation to being a good doctor (Katherine Hall et al)
  • addressing challenges in undergrad and postgrad education using threshold concepts (Ralph Pinnock et al)
  • a round table session on threshold concepts (Olle ten Cate et al).

In addition there are a number of presentations e.g.

  • Communication skills and reflective practice as thresholds in dental education practice (Shahid Mitha et al)
  • a simulation approach to addressing thresholds in clinical placement (Claire Spiller et al)
  • two sessions on Self Regulated Learning as a threshold concepts (Sarah Meek; Ana Vnuk)
  • Thresholds in relation to safeguarding children and IPE (Rachel Carter)

Promises to be a really interesting conference


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March 2019 update

Lots is happening in the world of Threshold Concepts and health!


Threshold Concepts in Action, University of Dundee: 27th-28th June 

Thursday 27th June 2019:  Threshold Concepts in Action Conference.

  • Closing date for submission of 300 word abstracts: Monday 18 March 2019
  • Successful authors will be notified by Monday 15 April 2019
  • Conference fee £50

Friday 28th June 2019:  Threshold Concepts in Health Special Interest Group meeting 9am-2pm

There is also a team based learning event on Wednesday 26th June

We hope to see you there!


Please click on the “publications” tab at the top to see a list of recent Threshold Concepts in health publications


AMEE 2019: 24th – 28th August 2019, Austria Centre, Vienna

This large international Medical Education conference includes delegates from across the health professions. One of its themes this year is Threshold Concepts, so you may want to think about submitting a paper.

Abstract submissions by 6 February 2019 (MIDNIGHT UK TIME).

Eight International Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference

The 8th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference is, we understand, planned for 2020 at University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom

We will post more information when available



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TCs in Health day…

The summer is passing at top speed, and it seems no time since the Threshold Concepts conference in at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. We had a productive and enjoyable day, with some colleagues who are veteran Threshold Concepts conference goers and others at their first conference. For most of the morning we linked up with colleagues in Glasgow, Coventry and Plymouth in the UK. The day generated lively discussion and lots of ideas for how to take the group forward in the future. The first step is setting up a Slack community for discussion and sharing. All our existing contacts will be added to this automatically, but if you’d like to join this group, just get in touch…

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Pre-conference event

Come this way… to our pre-conference event that will held on Wednesday June 15th. We’re planning a morning of discussion, short presentations and debate, focusing on the theme “To disaggregate or not…” We’ll be linking up by videoconference with colleagues in Glasgow and once that’s over there’ll be opportunity to continue the discussion over lunch and on into the afternoon for those who want. So, if you’re going to be in Halifax on Tuesday and have an interest in threshold concepts around health and social care then register for this free event. Contact or if you want to come along.


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6th TCs conference: pre-conference health event

Join us at Dalhousie University, Halifax Canada for a one day, pre-conference event where we’ll be focusing on threshold concepts in health and social care. In the morning we’ll link up to Glasgow for a joint session with papers and discussion. The main afternoon session will be a workshop: To disaggregate or not, the dilemma of complex threshold concepts. There may be a small charge for catering for this day, but no other fees will apply. To register to attend please email or

For information about the conference:

Dalhousie University (CC licence)


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