Reflection in Your Medical Practice

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

Category: Professionalism

With a better understanding of critical reflection, along with some advance preparation, medical practitioners can develop the process of reflective practice. This knowledge will both magnify experiential learning and also develop reflective skills for lifelong learning. When applied deliberately, critical reflection can help develop innovation, problem-solving, critical thinking, autonomy, and decision-making. This module will enhance your understanding of critical reflection, identify the benefits of reflective practice, and address barriers.


Kelly Shirley, M.D.

K. Kelly Shirley, MD is a general academic pediatrician with an interest in medical eduation. She is completing her fellowship in Academic General Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She completed her residency and Chief Residency at A.I. duPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington, DE. Dr. Shirley has served as a preceptor for Longitudinal Preceptorship as well as a Longitudinal Group leader at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She works with Pediatric and Family Practice residents.

Jack Kopechek, M.D.

Jack Kopechek, MD has practiced as a general pediatrician for Nationwide Children's Hospital for over 25 years. During this time, he has been a preceptor for medical students and residents in his clinic. He as also done small group teaching with medical students since 2005. In 2012, he began developing the Portfolio and Coaching Program for the innovative Lead Serve Inspire curriculum at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. This program trains faculty coaches to assist medical students in their development of reflective practice and self-directed learning skills. 


  1. Describe critical reflection and its role in self-directed experiential learning.
  2. List the evidence-based benefits of critical reflection in medical education.
  3. Construct a plan to overcome potential barriers and to implement reflection in your practice.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 80%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.