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MANUSCRIPT: Confronting complexity: medical education, social theory and the ‘fate of our times’

If we were to paint a canvas reflecting what is capturing our imaginations as medical education researchers, we would use rich, bold colours and overlapping strokes to convey our deep and diverse investment in developingways to train clinicians to provide effective and compassionate care. We would then paint thick black lines across the canvas to represent how these efforts are compromised or eroded, sometimes by our own educational practices. The articles comprising this issue help us make sense of this paradox.

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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