My Dental Portfolio: What Should I Include?

It's getting to that time of year where it's job switching time. Some of you may be looking to compile your portfolio, but what should you include?

Why do you need a portfolio?

This really depends on where you see your career heading. I would compile one if you are the early stages after graduation as you never know where your own path may take you. 

Portfolios are a must if you are applying for training posts in hospitals and certainly if you ever apply for speciality training. They are also useful for community posts and many practice jobs, especially if you are working in a high end practice where there may be lots of cosmetic treatment in demand. 

Portfolios come in different forms and formats, which can depend on where you intend your portfolio to go. Having an electronic version of a portfolio, either in a PowerPoint or Word/PDF document is a popular choice, but also many people now choose to use social media platforms such as Instagram as a portfolio. If you are a trainee, there are also portfolios where you collate your training evidence such as ePDP or ISCP which can be used to showcase your portfolio.

I also have a paper based portfolio - the simplest way to keep everything in one place!

What should you include?

1. CV

- I'm sure many of you will have compiled a CV before. If you're unsure, why don't you see my previous post about how to build your CV here

2. Clinical Governance

- This can include audit, appraisals, CPD relevant to clinical governance (safeguarding, BLS, complaints management, cross infection).

3. Log Book

- This will be the numbers of different procedures you have observed, assisted, performed (under supervision and independently). This may be a list you have compiled yourself, or via ePDP or eLogbook

4. Personal Development Plan

- On our ePDP during DFT, there was a personal development plan. It's good to continue this after you finish foundation training as it shows reflective practice as well as identifying your strengths and weaknesses and how you can improve. As well as what areas you would like to improve e.g. molar endo, demonstrate how you plan to improve these i.e. action points. Include historical action points that you have completed. It is also mandatory now from the GDC that everyone has a PDP as part of enhanced CPD. 

5. Case Portfolio

- Include before and afters of cases you are proud of but also self-critique your work again to show reflective practice. Examples can be composite cases, crown and bridgework, endodontics, removable prostheses etc. 

6. Qualifications

- Include copies of your certificates e.g. BDS, BSc, MFDS, MJDF, Diplomas etc. 

7. Audits

- Include copies of write ups, posters or presentations. See my previous post about audit here

8. Research

- Again include copies of write ups, posters or presentations.

9. Presentations

- Include copies of presentations but also list the presentations including location/conference and whether local, regional or international. You can include presentations at university and include talks in your practice, any case presentations, posters etc. 

10. Publications

- If you've been published in a peer-reviewed journal great, but if you've written any articles on any websites, or even in your workplace such as patient information leaflets or SOPs, include those too!

11. CPD and Courses

- You can include certificates if you like but certainly a list with number of hours and a reflection of what you've learnt. Only include CPD or courses which you think are relevant

12. Appraisals and Feedback

- Written feedback from educational supervisors is great as well as feedback from patients, note make sure that any patient feedback has been made anonymous or you have the appropriate patient consent

13. Memberships and Supporting Documents

- To include any memberships to specialist societies or journals but also organisations such as the BDA or Dentinal Tubules

If you'd like to take a look at part of my one of my old portfolios, click here.

I am pleased to announce I am now offering one on one coaching to help you prepare your portfolio! Click here to find out more. 

I hope this helps! If you have any questions please post below. Good luck in your future careers!

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