Like all PT programs, ours at Virginia Commonwealth University asks students to write reflections — a lot of reflections. Some of the students embrace it, and others — not so much.
Nevertheless, as a faculty member I find reading these essays, blog posts, and portfolio entries valuable. They often give insight into the students’ development and thoughts, and sometimes they provide insight into what we do as faculty, and as a program, that has made a significant impact on them. For example, I discovered this gem in a recent post by one of our VCU DPT students that led to a decision to send our entire student cohort to the virtual National Student Conclave this year.