Considerations on The Valuable Art of Self-Reflection to Benefit the Clinical Teacher

Published:November 27, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2021.10.013
      We read with curiosity Dr Omer A. Awan's article “The Art of Self-Reflection in Teaching” (
      • Awan OA.
      The art of self-reflection in teaching.
      ) This enlightening article highlights the value of self-reflection; however, we felt additional points could be made to augment this process. Doctors have an undisputable professional duty to teach and must strive to adjust their teaching techniques and reconcile these with the demands of the students, and content being taught. From a medical student's perspective, we are constantly taught, but also diligently volunteer to teach peers and junior students. This has proven to deepen understanding and aptitude with clinical knowledge as well as developing teaching ability. Furthermore, it is an effective learning opportunity for the peers who are being taught (
      • Yu TC
      • Wilson NC
      • Singh PP
      • et al.
      Medical students-as-teachers: A systematic review of peer-assisted teaching during medical school.
      ). Dr Awan identifies self-reflection as an invaluable skill that benefits an individual's professional, personal and emotional development (
      • Awan OA.
      The art of self-reflection in teaching.
      ). However, the ability of self-reflection to build confidence has been overlooked.
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