Reflecting in Pharmaceutical Sciences

As a future pharmaceutical sciences professional, research orientated reflection is an important part of evidence-based practice. As you work, whether as a student or a professional, you will need to regularly and consistently evaluate and modify your practice by consulting the most up-to-date, reliable information. This can come from various sources, for example, new research findings, updated policy information about government or organisational bodies, or new experiences that you have learned by interacting with patients or clients.

What should you reflect about?

When reflecting on an experience (such as an internship), you should focus on one key skill that you used and can improve. You can choose any of the critical thinking, communication, teamwork, science inquiry or laboratory (CCTSL) skills to discuss:

critical thinking, communication, teamwork, science inquiry or laboratory

Example of a student’s reflection

Read the student reflection samples on laboratory skills below.

Making sense of feedback

It can sometimes be daunting to receive feedback on not only your writing, but also on how you have reflected on a personal experience.

It’s important to remember that the feedback you receive from your lecturers is there to help you improve not only your reflective practice, but also the skills you will need as a scientist. It’s therefore important to not take feedback personally, and rather look at it as a way to grow professionally.


Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. (2013). Literature review: Medication safety in Australia.

Borton, T. (1970). Reach, touch, and teach: Student concerns and process education. McGraw-Hill.

Holm, D., & Stephenson, S. (1994). Reflection- A student’s perspective. In A. Palmer, S. Burns, & C. Bulman, (Eds.), Reflective practice in nursing: the growth of the professional practitioner (pp. 53–62). Blackwell Scientific Publication.

Thamby, S. A., & Subramani, P. (2014). Seven star pharmacist concept by World Health Organisation [editorial]. Journal of Young Pharmacists, 16(2),1–3. .

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