Starting early ensures successful outcomes
A portfolio is “a purposeful collection of work that exhibits a student’s or doctor’s efforts, progress and achievements in one or more areas. It includes one’s participation in selecting the contents, the criteria for selection . . . and evidence of self reflection.”1 A portfolio allows an individual to define who and where they are on the journey to becoming a fully trained medical practitioner. It supports a process of continuing professional development and provides a vehicle for demonstrating this to another person.
It is a mistake to consider a portfolio a tick box exercise. Throughout your career you will undergo regular appraisals and, as a specialist (general practitioner or consultant), you will need to undergo revalidation with the General Medical Council (GMC).2 Revalidation is the process by which licensed doctors in the United Kingdom regularly demonstrate to the GMC that they are up to date and fit to practise.