Reflection on MSF

Multisource feedback from patients and colleagues will say something about you as a doctor and as a person.

Do not ignore your MSF as if it belongs to someone else – it is all about you.

In the appraisal document, there is a box for your thoughts or reflections on your MSF – Write something in it!

  • If everyone thinks you are brilliant – reflect on why that is – what do you do that generates this feedback?
  • If some people think you are brilliant, but a few people don’t, then write down your thoughts as to why you got that feedback. You are not going to get struck off by the GMC for getting a bit of bad feedback. Reflect on it, learn from it, then take action.
  • If some people think you are a terrible communicator, reflect on it , say how you are going to improve and put it in your PDP.
  • If some people say your time-management is poor or you are disorganised – think about why they have said that, write it down in the box, and say how you might improve, and put it in your PDP. 
  • If you feel that you don’t have to improve and the responses in the MSF are all wrong – say why not – and discuss it with your appraiser.

Do not ignore your MSF as if it belongs to someone else – it is all about you.

If you need a formal structure to work from, then there are the 5 steps to reflecting on feedback – 

  • What do patients/colleagues see as your strengths?
  • What characteristics are viewed as less positive?
  • How do you compare to other doctors you know?
  • Do you see yourself as the others have seen you?
  • What changes are you going to make in response to this feedback? Use it for some PDP!

Use these questions to write about your feedback.