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To be effective leaders in Medical Management, practitioners and leaders must often display high levels of reflection and self-awareness. Reflective journal writing is a tool to showcase this evidence of reflective thinking and critical analysis regarding an event, incident or experience. It is a process where you can learn from your experiences and is often used to 'reflect forward' to the future as well as 'reflect back' on the past. It is part of the Leadership Role Competency development and is a mandatory assessment requirement.

1. How can Reflective Journal Writing assist in developing leadership skills?

Candidates must submit reflective journal writing for assessment at their workplace to demonstrate the link between reflection and deeper learning. Journal writing helps candidates acquire a habit of reflection, achieve higher levels of self-awareness and grow in the profession of medical administration. The key role competencies of Medical Leader and Communicator are the focus for this requirement, and are more specifically described in RACMA’s Medical Leadership and Management Curriculum.

Each reflective journal writing piece will:
  • Contextualise and relate to an event/s or situation/s that have impacted on the Candidate’s work and have caused them to learn more about themselves and their development as a professional medical manager
  • Display a reflective self-analysis/critique of the personal journey located within the context and the events/situations described
  • Demonstrate how that experience has changed and/or improved a Candidate’s behaviour and thinking in the context of RACMA’s Medical Leader and Communicator competencies.

2. Support and Resources
Candidates are required to attend webinars on reflective writing as scheduled on the National Training Calendar currently available on the website under the College Handbook.

You may also refer to Candidates Corner Downloads for a collection of resources to assist in developing reflective writing skills.

3. Requirements
Candidates without Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are required to submit two reflective journal writing pieces in line with the Annual Training Calendar (available on the web).

4. Specifications
  • Comprise 500 words (maximum)

5. Submissiontheir
  • Candidates are required to submit their Reflective Journal Writing for assessment at their workplace for assessment by their Supervisor as part of their bi-annual ITP report submission.

The Candidate will receive written feedback on the following points:
6.1 Context and Description
  • Is there a concise and easily understood description of the background/context/participant’s role?
  • Is the writing of the reflective journal appropriately structured and does it flows logically?
  • Is the writing in the reflective style? i.e. it is neither a scientific analysis nor written in third person
  • Does the writer place themselves at the centre of the writing?
6.2 Analysis and Reflection
  • The Candidate provides a personal reflection of the event/s with a focus on his/her own involvement, response/reaction, behaviour and thinking
  • The Candidate clearly considers and writes about the process of problem identification and action/response-taking and/or decision forming with a focus on personal behaviours, and writes about the process of identifying how they will personally improve or change their behaviour if there is a 'next time'
  • Lower level reflective process is evident – the Candidate expresses feelings about the situation and how it unfolded; evidence of personal learning is descriptive
  • The Candidate critically reflects on their behaviours/reactions and shows how their personal biases, values and beliefs have been challenged, demonstrating personal learning and self-knowledge.
6.3 Clarification of Learning and Competency
  • The candidate reflects on their development as a competent manager in her/his handling of this event/s
  • There is evidence of consideration of the College’s medical management competencies in context
  • There is a summary or conclusion that draws out personal learning and builds new knowledge.

It is expected that the Candidate will discuss their feedback with their Preceptor.




Last Updated on Monday, 18 March 2019 15:40