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Criteria for assessment

Reflective writing is a vehicle which you use primarily to share your thinking and learning processes with your lecturers. The event or incident or experience in itself is not important – what is important is your reaction to it, and how it has informed your thinking and your learning. Assessment tends to focus on how successfully you have demonstrated a capacity to analyse and reflect on events in order to learn from them. Also relevant to assessment is how much you are able to relate your current theoretical learning (for example, about the doctor-patient relationship, or about what constitutes effective communication) to a real life situation.

Most importantly, you need to be genuine and honest in your reflections, as illustrated in the following quote from a lecturer:

The most important thing to get across to the students is that they be genuine in their reflections, and not write what they think I want to hear. For example, empty rhetoric like 'this incident has made me want to go and work with people in developing countries', 'since this incident I have decided to be the best doctor I can possibly be' or 'in future I will treat my patients holistically' does not score points.
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