Scott, this series of posts on reflecting has been part of my explanation of how I am working with my residents on learning and internalizing professionalism. It is the way that I am trying to grapple with the need to demonstrate to the pediatric Residency Review Committee that we can measure not only outward professional behavior but also how much they have internalized the precepts of professionalism. It is helping me at least as much as it is helping them. You are right; we need to continue to do this our whole lives.
For doctors, for most of mankind, we are taught that we should embrace life-long learning. Yet for that learning to be most useful it should be based on reflection, and we should change because of what we have learned.
I am so glad that you stopped by, Scott. Thanks for contributing such an insightful comment.