Discussion Paper: Conceptual thresholds in health professional education research and scholarship





health professional education research, conceptual thresholds, faculty development


Healthcare professionals (HCPs) are increasingly undertaking health professional education (HPE) research and scholarship. This discussion paper highlights key transition points experienced by HCPs newly engaging in HPE research and scholarship, using conceptual thresholds as a theoretical lens. The identified thresholds are: (1) recognising limits, (2) navigating discourses and (3) negotiating identities, and our paper evidences the epistemic, discursive and existential repositioning underpinning these thresholds. Supporting HCPs to successfully navigate the rich and vibrant world of HPE research and scholarship requires a multi-faceted strategy involving individual upskilling, co-construction of resources and strategies, and enhancing the invitational quality of HPE research activities, environments and communities.

Author Biographies

Koshila Kumar, Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education, Flinders University

Koshila Kumar, PhD, FANZAHPE is the Course coordinator of the postgraduate programs in clinical education and a senior lecturer in the Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education, at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

Svetlana King, Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education, Flinders University

Svetlana King, PhD, is a lecturer in health professions education and research manager of the Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Amy Seymour-Walsh, Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education, Flinders University

Amy Seymour-Walsh, PhD, AFANZAHPE, is a registered paramedic with the South Australian Ambulance Service and lecturer in health professions education in the Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia


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How to Cite

Kumar, K., King, S., & Seymour-Walsh, A. (2021). Discussion Paper: Conceptual thresholds in health professional education research and scholarship. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Professional Journal, 22(2), 72–84. https://doi.org/10.11157/fohpe.v22i2.445