Describe the event in less than 200 words, which can be a challenge but really helps you focus your mind on the most important aspects of the clinical situation.

Consider your role and what you did:

  • What did you do well?
  • What could you do differently next time to achieve a better outcome?

Be as balanced as you can be with this section.  You don’t need to identify everything, just a couple of the most important elements of each.

What have you learned about yourself as a surgeon?  Consider linking this to your job specification or curriculum if you are a trainee.

What is the next step of development in this area for you?  If you have found a learning gap, it is often tempting to plan to attend a course to fill it. Consider other more effective and efficient options.