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.