Reflecting in Pharmacy

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What should you reflect about?

When reflecting on an experience (such as placement observations), you should focus on one key skill that you used and can improve. You can choose to discuss any skills related to problem solving, oral and written communication, empathy, reflective practice, integrity, teamwork and inquiry (POWER IT Inq):

problem solving, oral and written communication, empathy, reflective practice, integrity, teamwork and inquiry

Example of a student’s reflection

Read the student reflection samples below on teamwork. View the tables below to see how this student’s reflection sample follows good practice:

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 pharmacist. Do not take feedback personally - look at it rather as a way to grow professionally.

References

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. (2013). Literature review: Medication safety in Australia. https://safetyandquality.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Literature-Review-Medication-Safety-in-Australia-2013.pdf

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.

Mamede, S., Schmidt, H., & Rikers, R. (2006). Diagnostic errors and reflective practice in medicine. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 13(5), 138–145. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2753.2006.00638.x

Thamby, S. A., & Subramani, P. (2014). Seven star pharmacist concept by World Health Organisation [editorial]. Journal of Young Pharmacists, 16(2),1–3. https://doi.org/10.5530/jyp.2014.2.1

World Health Organization. (2007). WHO launches ‘nine patient safety solutions'. http://www.who.int/patientsafety/events/07/02_05_2007/en/

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