Abstract: Using the dissection technique of “reflection,” defined as “taking the skin back,” as a metaphor, this paper explores the concept of reflective practice in relation to first year medical training. However, rather than the deliberate curricular efforts to facilitate medical students’ reflective practice skills, this study focuses on how experiences of abjection in a cadaver lab throw students into reflection and ultimately reflective practice. Written by an anthropologist using traditional and new fieldwork methods, the author engages in the study reflexively, finding herself “thrown” into reflective practice as well.



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