The ePortfolio is an important part of completing General Practice Specialist Training. As well as completing the Workplace Based Assessments (WPBAs) every 6 months, it is important to stay on top of your reflective entries.
A good range of entries need to be completed, reflecting each of the competence areas and each curriculum statement. It is always worth considering the curriculum when completing your entries, so that you ensure a good spread (aiming for at least 2 entries under each curriculum heading at the end of each year).
The RCGP publishes manuals for completing the ePortfolio – please find links for them below.
How to complete an ePortfolio entry
We all know that the ePortfolio can seem like an arduous task sometimes, but there is a point to it, the trick is finding a way for it to work for you. Whether you use it as an aide memoire, a note book, a diary, or merely a place to let off steam and have a good rant, it’s important to find an avenue that you can do business with, as the ePortfolio will be part of your life for the entire training scheme.
Reflection is the key to completing a good entry, and this is the part that worries people. Start by writing about things that have gone particularly well, or badly, or cases that have proven a challenge – clinically or from a communication skills point of view. These are often the best cases to start with. Comparing cases with other cases you have seen is also a good way to reflect, whether these be cases you have dealt with, others have, or you have read about.
When looking through entries, assessors of the ePortfolio are looking for the word “I” in the “what did you learn” section. This can be a quick way of deeming how reflective you have been in an entry, and this is a good tip for when you are filling out this section.
The other key point to make sure you are reflective enough is looking at the proportion of writing in your entry. There should be minimal information in the first two boxes “what happened” and “what, if anything, happened subsequently”, and more detailed, longer entries in “what did you learn” and “what will you do differently in future”.
Discover how this can work for you, and if you have any other particular tips for future trainees, post these in the Discussion Board section.