Promoting Reflective Practice in Your Learners

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

Category: Education Fundamentals

This module provides medical educators with tools for promoting reflection in their learners. After addressing the challenges of promoting reflection, we will practice promoting reflection in learners both during the hustle and bustle of a busy clinical setting as well as in quieter moments of reading their reflective writings.

The module is appropriate for portfolio coaches and other medical faculty who would like to help their trainees develop their abilities to reflect on their practice of medicine.


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. 

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.


  1. List strategies for overcoming learner resistance to practicing reflection.
  2. Describe methods of promoting reflection in action.
  3. Describe a method for teaching reflection on action (critical reflection).

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.