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Tipping Point

Taking Off

by Candice Rettie PhD

Nearly two decades ago, the Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell popularized the concept of “tipping point,” in his bestselling book of the same name. According to Gladwell, the tipping point is the notion of being “in a place where the unexpected becomes expected, where radical change is more than a possibility.  It is – contrary to all […]

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Hope Transforms

2018 Holiday Season

by Candice Rettie PhD

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter to the editor of The New York Sun in 1897 is timeless. “Please tell me the truth.  Is there a Santa Claus?” she asked.  Her letter is based in hope, and a belief in something that can’t be seen.  Francis P. Church, the Sun’s editor, assured Virginia: “He exists as certainly as love and generosity and […]

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The Importance of a Nurturing Learning Environment

Lessons Learned from Loggerhead Turtles

by Candice Rettie PhD

This past summer, in a blog I wrote about the importance of learning and working environments, I mentioned the recommendations from the Macy Foundation’s April conference, “Improving Environments for Learning in the Health Professions.” Amy Barton, a panelist at the Consortium’s own conference in June, was an invited participant at the Macy Foundation event. I […]

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Mentoring in Action

Box of Chocolates

by Candice Rettie PhD

We’ve all had horrible days.  In this longer-than-usual post, I’d like to share an extraordinary example of mentorship that was forwarded to me.  Dr. Dan Wilensky responds electronically to a trainee who recently wrote in her online reflective journal about a particularly difficult day.  Dan is a family practice physician, an active primary care provider […]

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NPs Lighting the Way

Shooting Stars

by Candice Rettie PhD

It is midnight dark. Streaks of light race across the sky.  In mid-August, despite being a buffet for mosquitoes, I love to watch the Perseid meteor showers.  The first time I experienced the magic of a “falling star” I was 5 or 6.  I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that’s also my […]

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