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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65-67

Ensuring successful implementation of portfolios in medical institutions: Potential challenges and solutions


1 Department of Community Medicine, Medical Education Unit, Institute Research Council, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India

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Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Thiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jss.jss_25_21

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The portfolio refers to a collection of documents supporting learning over a period of time and essentially includes reflection on learning. The present review was carried out to explore the practices required for the successful implementation of portfolios in a medical college set-up. An extensive search of all materials related to the topic was carried out in the PubMed search engine, and a total of nine articles were selected based upon the suitability with the current review objectives and analyzed. To ensure that the tool of portfolio facilitates learning, it is essential that the intended objectives should be made clear to both the medical student and the assessor. The successful introduction and implementation of a portfolio in a medical college are determined by a number of factors, and any medical institution planning to introduce portfolio within their settings should give due consideration to them. In conclusion, portfolio is an effective tool for documentation of learning in the period of medical training. However, to ensure that portfolios are successfully implemented, it is a must that the administrators remain dedicated toward it and encourage both teachers and students to actively participate in the same.


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