Reflection: how do I do it?
You will be expected to reflect on your experiences at medical school and beyond
- By: Rhona Knight, Jemima Henstridge-Blows, Helen Stacey, Josiah Knight
Reflection is something we do every day. It is an established part of medical education and a requirement for revalidation with the General Medical Council.1 It is a focused learning process, which facilitates the development of insight and understanding, transforming the learner and guiding future practice. Reflection can take many forms: it can be the individual quietly pondering over an event; a discussion or debrief with a colleague; a written piece of work for our own learning; or a formal piece of work for assessment purposes. It can also take more artistic approaches.
Alternative forms of reflection using multimedia approaches, such as the use of digital storytelling, are also beginning to be encouraged.910 An example of this, used for teaching students about reflection in Leicester, incorporates a digital story created by a general practitioner registrar and one of his patients, which is based on a series of photos taken by