Twelve medical students sit around an oval table crammed into a dark conference room with cinderblock walls. The table is scattered with poetry, paintings, and the remains of a potluck breakfast: some egg scramble and nearly empty coffee cups. Our hands are in various states of disarray: some neatly folded, others nervously tapping. Mine are tugging at the loose threads in my camouflage uniform. This is just another day in the course called Reflective Practice: Metacognition. It is supposed to be an easy class. The idea is simple: we read a few books from a curated list. Then, we must produce and share a creative piece that reflects how each book influenced us and what it says about our world views. Ultimately, the goal is to link our reflections with our professional identity and to continue our growth as future physicians. Thus far, I have shared a song and made a collage of old electrocardiography strips; others have baked biscuits, danced a hula, and performed original poetry.
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Villareal C. The Easy Elective—A Surprising Revelation in Medical School. JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(7):929–930. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1330
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