Summary: Dr Neel Sharma asks if iFolio may have the capacity to address the problems of portfolios in post graduate training. Description: Portfolios are common practice in UK post graduate training. Their merits and downsides are heavily advertised in the literature as well as vocalised by many a trainee. It is clear that the majority of today’s trainees are not supporters of this format of note keeping and we don’t need continued formal research to remind us of this fact.

As a trainee myself, many of us tend to cast aside our portfolios until a few timely reminders are sent regarding our end of rotation review. What then follows is a mad rush to ensure all assessments are obtained and linked appropriately to the relevant sections of our curriculum.

Trainees tend to be of the opinion that completion rests heavily on their shoulders, with it being notoriously difficult to obtain clinicians keen enough to observe us perform a history, examination or procedural skill. It is quite a common occurrence after a shift on call, clerking many an acute patient, to be informed, ‘Well I don’t have time right now as I must head to clinic. Why don’t you email me and we can arrange a time to meet.’ An excuse that is getting tiresome believe me.

For those few supervisors willing to feel sorry for us, we are often then faced with the prospect of being akin to Bill Gates trying to log into their computer system and show them how the portfolio in fact works as they struggle to locate their username and password. It never quite pans out and it can be several days before they have time in their schedule to see us again.

The newly established LKC School of Medicine in Singapore has decided to make the portfolio mobile. iFolio, courtesy of MyKnowledgeMap, will allow students to maintain their portfolio ‘on the go’ through the use of Apple or Android based devices. It is safe to say that many of us possess such a form of technology and so its application would no doubt be of relevance.

To date it is unclear as to whether iFolio will make its way into the postgraduate market. Surely it seems a worthwhile option, if only to alleviate the problems highlighted above.