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Reflective -- thoughtful, given to meditation, characterized by deep careful thought.
Journal -- a written daily record of personal experiences. Often provide insight on the social and cultural climate. (Oxford Dictionary)
Clinical experience is powerful and provides a unique and reliable source of knowledge. Some experiences in this setting may evoke strong emotional responses. Reflection can be generated from any experience - an ordinary, everyday event, an incident that went well or a negative experience. What makes the experience different is the meaning that you attach to it. If you reflect on something it means it is important to you.
Reflection allows you to revisit, and learn from experiences while making connections between theory and practice; readings and experience; thoughts and feelings; beliefs and behaviors; concepts and observations; and between old knowledge and new knowledge. Learning occurs when you take in information, think about it, make sense of it, and connect it to what you already know. Learning also requires that you see how to apply new information and where to apply it. This necessitates careful consideration before action. Writing about what we have learned disciplines us to become more thoughtful, reflective and analytic.
The main purpose of keeping a journal is to give you the chance to reflect on your experiences and allow for documentation of those experiences. Journaling provides you with the time and opportunity to think about what you saw, what it all may mean, and how you felt about a specific incident or the experience as a whole. In addition, cognitive activities stimulated by this type of journal include observation, speculation, doubt, questioning, self-awareness, problem stating and problem solving, emoting (display of heightened emotions), and ideation (to form an idea). The outcome of this deliberate reflection will result in growth, sharper analytical skills, and empowerment. Analyzing critical or significant incidents therefore facilitates future professional development and identifies and justifies changes in clinical practice.
For each assignment, you will be choosing three of five questions to be discussed. Be as reflective as possible. Please answer questions fully and indicate which questions you are answering. Keep to a singular format for all entries.
Please submit your journal entries via email to the coordinator. Journal entries are due on the Wednesdays of week 3, week 6 and week 9, by 5:00pm. Physicians' evaluations are due by the Wednesday of week 10, by 12pm (noon). You may email the coordinator to verify that your physician's evaluation has been received.
Each of your journals weighs 30 points and the physicians’ evaluation weighs 10 points. Without the physician evaluation I will NOT assign a grade at the end of the term. A minimum score of 70 is required to (P) pass the course.
At the end of your time with ‘your’ physician, please go to course evaluation and add, in the box provided, a short paragraph stating your thoughts about the course. I would like to hear about the positive and the negative. Without your input and specific suggestions we do not know what needs to be changed or improved.
FAILURE TO SUBMIT ENTERIES ON STATED DUE DATES OR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE INSTRUCTIONS WILL RESULT IN N/P GRADE.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR WRITING UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE IT IS
DUE FOR SUBMISSION!
Guidelines for Letters of Recommendations - http://www.science.oregonstate.edu/premed-application