|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 187-188
Scope of reflection in medical education
Shrivastava Saurabh RamBihariLal1, Shrivastava Prateek Saurabh2
1 Department of Community Medicine, Member of The Medical Education Unit, Member of the Medical Research Unit, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Web Publication||30-Aug-2018|
Dr. Shrivastava Saurabh RamBihariLal
3rd Floor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai Village, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Sembakkam Post, Kancheepuram - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
RamBihariLal SS, Saurabh SP. Scope of reflection in medical education. Int J Acad Med 2018;4:187-8
To the Editor,
The process of reflection has been acknowledged as an essential aspect of medical education regardless of the involved stakeholders (undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and teachers). Reflection being a metacognition process, which encourages thinking about thinking, that can occur before, during, and after any situation, so that a better comprehension can be achieved, not only about that particular situation but also about ourselves.,
It plays a significant part in the emotional and cognitive growth of the students and facilitates deep forms of learning. Reflection motivates the student to do self-assessment, assist them in modifying their behavior based on the gained experience, promotes critical thinking skills, encourages professionalism, and even communication skills.,, Reflection is an integral component of experiential and self-directed forms of learning [Figure 1].,,,,
|Figure 1: Reflection – The link for developing emotional intelligence, and Experiential and Self-directed learning|
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The process of reflection plays a crucial role in the development of emotional intelligence, which refers to the capability of a person to be aware of their own and others emotions, differentiate between dissimilar feelings, utilize emotional information to aid in their thinking and behavior, and eventually alter emotions to acclimatize to the surroundings to achieve their intended goals. Furthermore, the findings of studies have indicated that the developed emotional intelligence plays a very important role in the prevention of burnout due to the associated stress either during medical education or at any workplace.,
Furthermore, reflection has an immense scope in the promotion of experiential learning as it is a key stage of the Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle., It is important to understand that learning cannot occur only by mere experiences, and it is essential that the gained experience should be merged with the existing knowledge. At the same time, reflection plays a defining role in developing a therapeutic relationship between the clinician and the involved patients, by taking into account the personal beliefs and the values of both the stakeholders., The process of reflection also helps a medical student to develop professional practice in the future, as the success of professional expertise requires definitely more than the combination of knowledge and skills.,
In addition, considering the fact that most of the educational bodies are advocating for medical graduates to be a lifelong learner, each of the medical graduates have to constantly update themselves in whichever field they belong., This makes self-regulated learning an important aspect, which enables the learners to adopt a metacognitive process to identify, monitor, and evaluate their approach to a particular task. In addition, reflection can even aid in improving the learning of the members of the team in future.,,
To conclude, reflection plays an indispensable role in the betterment of undergraduate or postgraduate students and even for the continuous professional development.
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