Portfolio advice

Having a good portfolio is essential if you want to have a career in radiology

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What is a portfolio?

A portfolio is a record of all your learning, development and achievements.  It is a folder of all your certificates, feedback, assessments, reflections, presentations, publications and other important documents.  Portfolios can also be kept electronically as an e-portfolio.  E-portfolios allow your assessments to completed and stored online, however certificates and other documents will have to be scanned and upload as JPEGs or PDF files.

At a medical job interview or appraisal you may be asked to present your portfolio in a folder so any assessments or feedback completed online may need to be printed out.  The advice and tips below assume that you will be keeping a portfolio folder, although many of the tips also apply to e-portfolios.


Photo of a Radiology portfolio folder with numbered tabs and binder

Radiology portfolio folder with numbered tabs and binder


Evidence that should be in your portfolio

The follow is a list of the evidence that should be in your portfolio.

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Employment history (with information regarding any gaps)
  • Medical degree / GMC certificates
  • Exams / Post-graduate qualification certificates
  • Copies of any publications and references
  • Audits / Radiological audits (e.g. handouts, powerpoint presentations)
  • Presentations (e.g. handouts, powerpoint presentations, A4 poster printouts)
  • Teaching (e.g. feedback, lesson or lecture plans)
  • Course / Conference certificates
  • Reflections
  • Taster day evaluation / sign off
  • Multi source feedback summary (e.g. Mini PAT, 360 Apprasial)
  • Workplace Based Assessments (e.g. CBD, Mini CEX)
  • Logbook of procedures (e.g. DOPs)
  • Extra curricular achievements / Charity work


Portfolio tips


  • Start with a copy of your CV at the beginning

    • Your CV is a personal statement of your skills, experience and ambitions.  It is your opportunity to showcase yourself to others and is the most important document in your portfolio.  Think of it as a concise summary of your portfolio that relates your activities and achievements to your skills.  Put it at the begining.  See improve your CV for general advice, recommendations and layout tips for your CV.

  • Make a contents page and consider using tabs to separate your content

    • Anyone should be able to pick up your portfolio and find what they're looking for within a few seconds.  This means making a contents page and numbered tabs for easy navigation.  The contents of your portfolio should also be arranged in a logical order.  Consider using the order above as a guide.

  • Ensure your portfolio is accurate

    • Check and double check the dates and details of any placements, rotations, presentations, courses, certificates, exams etc.  A single wrong date or an unexplained 'gap' in your training is surprisingly easy to spot and makes you look disorganised - a major negative at any interview or appraisal.

  • Make sure your portfolio relates your activities and achievements to your skills/attitudes/knowledge

    • This is actually simpler than it sounds.  Basically, if you cannot show that something you've done has improved your skills, attitudes or knowledge then don't include it in your portfolio.  Work based assessments, observed procedures and team assessments of behaviour are excellent pieces of evidence to include in your portfolio as they show a change in skills, attitudes or knowledge.

  • Read and follow any portfolio guidelines given

    • This goes without saying, but if you are required to produce a portfolio (e.g. for a job application), check to see if there are any guidelines or rules on what to include.  Some job applications may have specific rules regarding the layout, ordering and content of portfolios.  It is essential that you follow these!

  • Be concise

    • Avoid writing that uses a lot of words without giving any useful information or clear answers.  Using bullet points is a very good idea.
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