About this event

  • Date and time Thu 21 Jan 2021 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Students

Ms Natalie Fine, Education Policy Analyst at the General Medical Council, Dr Rachel Clarke, author and doctor at the University of Oxford and Dr Helen Sheldon from The Balint Society, join us for this interactive webinar which will introduce and guide you through reflective practice. 

While it might feel like you need to suppress your emotions in order to appear professional when caring for patients, it is important to acknowledge those feelings. Reflective practice can be beneficial both professionally and personally. As you move through medical school, reflective techniques such as those used in Balint groups can help you to process the difficult situations you might encounter in your training and throughout your career. 

This webinar will explore the importance of reflection, considering how interacting with a patient makes you feel and the impact on the patient-doctor relationship. 

Trained leaders will also facilitate Balint groups in our workshop session, allowing you to experience the process of reflecting on a difficult situation as part of a group. 


Registration for this webinar will close at 1:00pm on Tuesday 22 December 2020. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.


Students Section Reflective Practice Student Award

Applications are invited to submit for a new Students Section Reflective Practice Student Award. The prize aims to reward an understanding of the importance and usefulness of reflection as a medical student in working towards becoming a reflective practitioner. 

Essay question: Argue against the following statement using an experience you have had with a patient as the basis for your argument: "Reflection among medical students is neither useful nor does it benefit patients." Word limit of 3000 words excluding references. For more information click here. 

1st prize: £100, one year of RSM membership, one year of Balint Society membership 
2x runner up prizes: one year of RSM membership 

Open to: Undergraduate Medical Students only 

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 22 December 2020

Please note applicants must register for this webinar by 1:00pm on Tuesday 22 December 2020.


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Key speakers

Dr Rachel Clarke

Author and doctor, University of Oxford

Natalie Fine

Ms Natalie Fine

Education Policy Analyst, General Medical Council

Speaker's biography

Natalie graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in music. She joined the General Medical Council not long after graduating, working in registration teams. Natalie has been a member of the Education Policy team at the GMC since 2010, and has worked on various projects in medical education including student fitness to practise and engagement, medical professionalism and continuing professional development.


Recently, Natalie collaborated with others to produce guidance for doctors and students on becoming a reflective practitioner and produced learning materials to help put the guidance into practice. She also worked with the Medical Schools Council to produce joint guidance for medical students on learning to reflect – The reflective practitioner – a guide for medical students.


Dr Helen Sheldon

Dr Helen Sheldon

Balint leader and supervisor, The Balint Society

Speaker's biography

Dr Helen Sheldon is a retired NHS psychoanalytic psychotherapist and led Balint groups in mental health and physical health settings over a period of 20 years.


She represents the Balint Society on the RCPsych working group, supporting the development of medical student psychotherapy and Balint schemes in UK medical schools. 


Dr Sheldon is currently involved in working with Balint schemes at UCLH and Kings College medical schools.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Ms Lois Zac-Williams, Medical Student, King's College London,  Member, RSM Student Section Council

Learning to reflect - becoming a reflective practitioner

Ms Natalie Fine, Education Policy Analyst, General Medical Council

Personal reflections

Dr Rachel Clarke, author and doctor at the University of Oxford

Question and answer session

Dr Rachel Clarke 

Balint group overview

Dr Helen Sheldon, Balint Society

Balint group discussions

Balint group leaders 

Essay prize announcement and closing remarks

Ms Lois Zac-Williams

Close of meeting



Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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