Interpreting Values Conflicts Experienced by Obstetrics–Gynecology Clerkship Students Using Reflective Writing

Felicia G. Cohn, PhD, Johanna Shapiro, PhD, Desiree A. Lie, MD, MSED, John Boker, PhD, Frances Stephens, and Lee Ann Leung

Despite a large body of work examining the uses of reflective writing in medical education, a number of studies underscore the need for a more complete understanding of how we can best use this pedagogical modality to probe the ethical impact of medical training on students. In this regard, written reflective essays become an important means for medical educators to gain insight into their students’ values, biases, perceptions of ethical conflict, problem solving skills, and take-home messages about the informal curriculum.

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