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oPortfolio - A Better Portfolio For Medics

Written by Jeremy Walker · Sunday 12th May 2013

What's the problem?

Since I first started working with doctors, one of the main complaints I've heard is about electronic portfolios:

  • "It's so slow",
  • "It's really ugly",
  • "It's basically unusable",
  • "It crashed the day before submissions!",
  • "It's SO unintuitive"

I've heard all of these things from different doctors at different stages in different specialities in different locations. Write a tweet about ePortfolio and the odds are you'll have it retweeted and replied to numerous times within minutes. There's clearly a real problem here, and a real frustration among doctors!

What's the Solution?

Over the last two years I've spent lots of time talking to a variety of doctors about this and have come to the conclusion that a new modern, robust solution is needed. We need software that is fresh and intuitive to use, that doesn't get overloaded and that has the features that people actually want!

The Meducation team agrees, and so we've partnered up with our friends at Podmedics to make this a reality. We are making oPortfolio - the Open Portfolio - an open-source system guided by the needs of the trusts, deanaries and colleges, but with a firm focus on the doctors who will be using it. Over the next few days we'll be launching a kickstarter project to let you support what we're doing. In the meantime, please sign up on our website to receive updates about what we're doing!

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Edward Wallitt
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Core / Specialist / Gp Trainee - St Mary's Hospital (Imperial)
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Posted over 6 years ago
So excited to be part of the team creating the oPortfolio. Podmedics and Meducation are finally teaming up!!
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Damion Young
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Posted over 6 years ago
If this fitted in with our needs for years 1 to 6, we would be very happy to consider contributing development time...what are you going to be developing it in?
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Anna Taylor
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Medical Student - Bristol
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Posted over 6 years ago
We use ePortfolio during our undergraduate years in Bristol and while I find our version useful I recognise that there are many ways it could be improved! I'd be interested in hearing more about your progress.
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Jeremy Walker
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Site Administrator
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Posted over 6 years ago
Luke - Thanks! Enam - There are lots of ePortfolio systems. Some are good, some are bad. We want to make something that's open-source, easy to adopt, easily expandable, and most importantly actually enjoyable to use. Most of the existing systems are ei
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Dr. Luke Farmery
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Foundation Doctor (2) - St Richards Hospital
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Posted over 6 years ago
This sounds very useful, will sign up now.
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Enam Haque
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Posted over 6 years ago
Hi this sounds interesting. However, how is oportfolio different from eportfolio, and how could it be considered in undergraduate medical education?
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