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Reflection Of Reflections: Building Diagnostic Expertise

Authors Shimizu T

Received 19 August 2019

Accepted for publication 18 September 2019

Published 7 October 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 363—365


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Taro Shimizu

Department of Diagnostic and Generalist Medicine, Dokkyo Medical University, Tochigi 321-0297, Japan

Correspondence: Taro Shimizu
Department of Diagnostic and Generalist Medicine, Dokkyo Medical University, 880 Kitakobayashi, Mibu, Shimotsuga, Tochigi 321-0297, Japan
Tel +81 80 3518 8884

Abstract: The ability to make a correct diagnosis is one of the physicians’ core competencies. In view of continuous medical education, the way to establish and maintain this expertise has been explored. Reflection has been reported to serve as an effective measure of remediating individual diagnostic skill. This article highlights three reflections which are reflection in action, reflection on action, and reflection for action, evidenced by past reports. Applying these reflections allows physicians to revisit the link between fundamental and interdisciplinary medical knowledge in conjunction with prior experience, thereby developing enhanced levels of diagnostic expertise and mastery.

Keywords: reflection, diagnostic error, diagnostic reasoning, continuous medical education, applied expertise

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