Reflective writing – how a medical student can reflect?

Balaji Arumugam, Vishali Narayanan, Vigneshwari Kathiravan, Saranya Nagalingam


“Reflective Writing” is an analytical practice in which the writer describes a real or imaginary scene, event, interaction, passing thought, memory, form, adding a personal reflection on the meaning of the item or incident, thought, feeling, emotion, or situation in his or her life. This review was done with the aim to inform and support the production of reflective writing for community-based learning among medical students and enhance student experience modules. There are several types of reflective cycles and the article discusses some of the most widely accepted forms of reflective writing cycles like

  • Gibb’s Reflective cycle
  • Kolb’s Reflective cycle
  • Rofle’s framework for Reflective Practice
  • John’s Reflective Cycle
The advantages and disadvantages of reflective writing and the student feedbacks about the clinical posting at the Department of community medicine during their third semester and the implementation ATCOM module was presented in this review paper. Intention of this article is to initiate awareness of the purpose of reflective writing among the medical students and impart this method of learning as part of medical education. Reflective writing requires practice and constant intrinsic motivation from oneself.

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