CFS: Health Education

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for a book to be published in Fall 2014: KEEPING REFLECTION FRESH: Top Educators Share Their Innovations in Health Professional Education, To be published by Kent State Press in their Literature and Medicine series, Editors: Allan Peterkin, MD and Pamela Brett-MacLean, PhD

Scholars from both clinical and humanities disciplines have linked reflective capacity with key learning goals in clinical education, including fostering empathy, humanism and mindfulness, enhancing narrative and visual competence, challenging the “hidden curriculum” and supporting professional identity formation. Our teaching innovations have necessarily been influenced by our own diverse backgrounds, and for many of us, by unique collaborative relationships we have entered and by what we have learned when we have shared and reflected back on our work. In this volume of short descriptive, readable, personal essays, we look forward to highlighting a broad array of representative methods, processes and themes associated with introducing our learners to the benefits of reflexivity and reflection as they become health professionals.

We welcome contributions describing various pedagogical approaches, along with your reflections, impressions, obstacles and surprises. We look forward to learning about the difference it may have made – for your learners, and potentially also for your educational institution, and clinical teaching sites. This collection offers an accessible view of our various praxis approaches, and also an opportunity to clarify and further our understanding by thinking with and through our own stories as reflective practice educators.

Here are some general (but non-prescriptive) guidelines for submission:

  • How do you approach reflection in your teaching?
  • Writing (writing prompts/exercises)
  • Use of literature (memoir/poetry/fiction), close reading
  • Theater; performative, embodied reflection
  • Visual reflection (visual art-based workshops, “looking/seeing”); film/video; graphic medicine); dance/movement; music; art exhibits/-performances
  • Humor, comedy
  • Technology (online), social media (YouTube/blogging, etc.)
  • Portfolios; field work assignments
  • Which themes do you explore?
  • Professional identity formation
  • Professionalism; the hidden curriculum
  • Uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Clinical error, patient safety
  • Challenging assumptions about gender/class/race/ability/power
  • Clinical/ethical acumen/moral imagination; distress
  • Clinician burnout and wellness; remediation
  • Making sense of simulation technology
  • Naturopathic /complementary and alternate healing
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Architecture/contemplation of physical space
  • Inter-disciplinary exchange/learning
  • Community building; changing cultures of health care education
  • Describe your processes:
  •  Introducing reflection at different stages of professional development
  • Fear of reflection, defensiveness, resistance, trust, safety
  • Faculty development, mentoring
  • Fostering learning communities in support of reflection; changing learning cultures
  • Silences, challenges, untoward consequences
  • Ethical concerns, practices

We are seeking submissions from 500-1500 words on how you encourage your students and colleagues to become reflective practitioners.

How/Where to Submit: Please send us your submission as a Word/PDF in the following format:

  • Provide an engaging narrative about how this teaching approach came to you
  • Offer a clear description of your teaching innovation (with sufficient detail which would allow others to adapt/use it)
  • Describe impacts thus far/ future imaginings
  • Describe the clinical/ humanities disciplines informing your approach to teaching reflective practice
  • Provide a three line bio

Where indicated, include:

  • Appropriate authorization for reprinting of text/images and sample student excerpts should be obtained.
  • A “top three” list of references/publications/web links/resources if available

Send your submission to: howtoreflect@gmail.com by March 31st 2013

Decisions regarding submissions will be communicated by July 15, 2013