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Competency Based Medical Education

Learner ePortfolio

An electronic learner portfolio is an important component for the successful implementation of competency based medicine – from the perspective of the learner, the clinical teachers and the program.

An electronic portfolio:

  1. Allows for electronic capture of observations
  2. Contains up-to-date Royal College educational standards and program learning plans
  3. Enables the  competence committee to assess learner progress.
  4. Facilitates learner and observer interaction
  5. Produces analytics and reports for monitoring and benchmarking.
  6. Archives a physician’s learning data in a single secure location.

The Postgraduate Medical Education office at McMaster University has chosen Medical School Information System (MedSIS) as the electronic platform that will support competency based medical education.   MedSIS is a student information system developed and used by the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

An electronic portfolio allows learner to:

  • Plan their learning
  • Safely store artefacts as evidence of learning
  • Review feedback provided by observers / clinical teachers
  • Reflect on learning experience

An electronic portfolio allows the observer / clinical teacher to:

  • assess a learning encounter against Royal College educational standards
  • record observations for a learner
  • provide constructive feedback and coaching to learners

An electronic portfolio allows the program to:

  • monitor progress and performance of individual learners
  • make promotion decisions at the Competence Committee
  • monitor progress and performance of the program