In the medical field, we’re used to much of the writing being of the largely objective, strictly technical variety. Regardless, reflective writing is a consistently regular part of the curriculum in most types of medical and health science courses.
What is reflective writing? In a technical sense, this form of composition involves considering the larger context, the meaning and the implications behind an experience. For medical studies, this is used to get the student to list down thoughts and ideas they learned from educational and practical experiences. Why? Because a self-examination such as that enabled by reflective writing allows you insights into your own thought processes that can aid your overall development in the field.
What things did you do wrong? How could you have improved? In what ways could you have performed in a more effective manner?
Most types of reflective writing cover any of the following types:
1. An analysis of your learning experience within a course.
2. An analysis of a past experience, such as internship or field work.
3. A description of what you learned from a course or a placement.
4. A review of the course up to that point.
5. A description and analysis of a specific incident.
Critical reflection is an important aspect of being a health professional and that’s exactly the habit that reflective writing attempts to help you create. While intended largely to demonstrate your thought processes, instead of writing abilities, it still pays to give it as much attention as you would any school-related assignment and that includes polishing with a competent writing software.