Internal Medicine Interview Station 1: Portfolio
The internal medicine interview portfolio station is designed to test your commitment to internal medicine training.
Before you enter the portfolio station, the assessors will have spent 10 minutes reading through your portfolio and validating the Evidence questions from your application form. You will have been asked to complete a Portfolio Checklist prior to the interview station and insert it into the front of your portfolio.
There are no set questions asked by interviewers rather questions will centre around the contents of your portfolio and the completed checklist.
Normally your evidence folder will have been reviewed by the interviewers immediately prior to your arrival in the station. They will be:
- Checking that your achievements in your evidence folder match that claimed on your application form.
- Considering your career progression to date.
- Identifying areas about which they may wish to question you during the interview.
Areas for assessment
The two main aspects of discussion here, on which you will be assessed, will be your suitability for and commitment to training in the specialty, and your achievements and engagement with training and learning to date.
Scoring at the station
It is important to recognise that the scores awarded to you at this station will not purely be about your achievements, as this already contributes towards the scoring via your application form. Interviewers will be deciding upon scores via a combination of factors, for example: your responses to the questions asked, the breadth and quality of your achievements and your career progression.
Interviewers have only 10 minutes in which to scan through your CV and Portfolio. Having a well-prepared, clearly structured Portfolio in which items can be quickly located will help you score marks and make life easy for the interviewers.
- Invest in a nice faux-leather A4 binder, plastic wallets and dividers in which to build your portfolio
- Construct a contents page that mirrors your CV and add sub-contents pages at the beginning of each section to make it easy for the interviewers to find your documents
- Know your Portfolio inside-out and make sure that you can direct interviewers to important publications and evidence quickly
- Spend time re-reading old audits, presentations and publications. Anything included in your Portfolio may be discussed by the interviewers and it is important that you can recall data and results from projects you undertook several years previously
- Be honest with everything on the portfolio checklist and make sure you have included sufficient evidence to back it up
- Try to keep your portfolio concise with only evidence that will score points included. Having a large binder may look impressive but it can make things difficult to find for the interviewers