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Reflection is Perfection

Updated: May 5, 2020

By Hithin Noble

A common set of guidelines for reflecting is the STARR Framework: just Google it. It is an effective way of reflecting, but its thorough nature is in fact its downfall. Personally, it is too time-consuming and rigid for scenarios such as an MMI or traditional interview.

This is my step- to step guide to how to reflect upon an experience that has happened to you. I have called it the DEALL Framework.

1. DESCRIBE

  • 3W’S – who, when, where, did this all take place etc.

  • What happened? OR What did you have to do in the situation?

2. EXPLANATION

  • Reasons for what you just described happening, and the goals that may have been set.

3. ACTIONS

  • What happened next?

  • What was your role in this?

  • How did the whole situation make you feel?

4. LESSONS TO BE LEARNT

  • What did you really take away from the experience? Did you learn a new skill or understand more about a particular aspect of the healthcare system?

  • This is by-far the most important step: but it cannot be done effectively without going through the previous stages first- they all indirectly show your commitment and honesty.