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Reflecting is not only an essential aspect of the life of a doctor but I have found it applicable to day-to-day life experiences. In general, I’m a reflective person as this is one of the ways I learn and grow. Today I will focus on the different ways I reflect as a doctor. Below are some of the different scenarios you can reflect on as a doctor.

  1. An interesting case
  2. A significant clinical incident
  3. An exciting experience eg a community visit
  4. A teaching

The RCPSYCH portfolio makes it easy for you to reflect as it divided the entry into subheadings as follows.

  • Title of the reflection
  • Date (Start date & End date)
  • Tags( This is optional)
  • Description of a notable clinical or non-clinical experience
  • What you learned from the experience
  • The feedback you received from your colleagues
  • What further skills you need to develop as a result of this experience.


Tips for writing the reflection

  1. Anonymise patient information( make sure there are no patient identifiers)
  2. Aim to be brief and concise
  3. You can add an update as a follow-up to a reflection.

Finally, you don’t have to document many reflections in your portfolio but just practice the art of reflecting as a doctor. It’s very key to learning. On average 1 to 2 reflections every 6-month rotation should be enough.

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