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Portfolio

Introduction to Portfolios

The portfolio is a crucial part of the application process. The portfolio is essentially an extended CV that showcases your achievements to date. After the shortlisting stage (based on MSRA), the portfolio will make up 30 percent of the total score.​ 

The portfolio consists of a total of  seven different domains, with a total of 45 points available.  Historically there were fewer categories, however in 2022 the portfolio scoring system underwent a major change with more degrees of separation within each category. The following categories are scored:

  • Commitment to specialty
  • Leadership and management
  • Teaching and training
  • Formal Teaching Qualifications
  • Audit and Quality Improvement

  • Academic achievements

  • Prizes and Awards​​

 

There are multiple ways to score points in each section. Specific scoring criteria can be seen in the image here. Please note that we would like to heavily emphasise that this is only a guide - it may not be 100% accurate as the process changes slightly year on year.

It is important to ensure that you keep a record of all your achievements and obtain letters or certificates of proof. If you cannot prove that you have done it, then it will not gain credit!

Applicant Advice

Advice for applicants (2023 - 2024) 

  • Join the IR Juniors committee or another national body to demonstrate leadership

  • Complete original radiology research and publish as a first author

  • Present your research at a national meeting

  • Lead a complete, closed-loop audit, and present this, or submit for a prize.

  • Complete a higher research degree or formal teaching in training

Advice for last minute applicants

With such a short notice time before the application submission in December, the quickest way to get points are:

  • Organise a national or regional teaching programme -this  does not need to be within radiology, and online platforms will allow you to reach an audience across the country.

  • Taster weeks - multiple attachments of 3 days each.

  • Short course in teaching methodology such as Train the Trainers

  • Close the loop by re-auditing your previous work, and present this locally.

  • Present a pitch at the RCR IR Research Day

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Portfolio descriptors

The official person specification can be found here

Commitment to Specialty

Portfolio Descriptors 

  • Multiple significant exposures to the work of a clinical radiology department - 10 points 

  • One significant exposure to the work of a radiology department - 6 points 

  • Exposure to the work of a clinical radiology department, not meeting the above - 3 points 

  • None of the above - 0 points 

Explanatory notes

A significant exposure means a period of at least 3 whole day equivalent time attached to a clinical radiology department. For example:

- A taster week/observership placement.

- A student-selected component, elective, or similar part of a degree course.

- A radiology based clinical (not lab) research project involving presence in a department/working with a radiologist.

Multiple exposures must be meaningfully different; for example, more than one of the above types. A taster week in both a district general hospital and a tertiary referral centre would qualify for the highest descriptor, but not two taster weeks in the same type of setting.

Evidence for this section could include:

- Letter confirming placement from clinical supervisor/education lead.

- Official university documents confirming radiology based placement/component.

- Details of a radiology based project with evidence of your involvement.

Leadership & Management 

Portfolio Descriptors

  • Hold/have held a national level leadership or managerial role involving radiology - 7 points. Examples:  National role e.g. within specialist society, royal college, nationally held fellowship position, relevant to radiology

  • Hold/have held a national level leadership or managerial role not involving radiology, but relating to healthcare OR Hold/have held a local/regional level leadership or managerial role involving radiology - 5 points. Examples:  National non-radiology healthcare role e.g. within BMA, royal college, etc. Local role e.g. committee member of undergraduate radiology society.

  • Hold/have held a national level leadership or managerial role outside healthcare OR Hold/have held a local/regional leadership or management role not involving radiology but relevant to healthcare - 3 points. Examples; National roles outside healthcare may include charity work, sports, creative arts.

  • Local role relevant to healthcare but not radiology e.g. Junior Doctors Forum or Mess committee, Foundation programme rep. Hold/have held a local/regional leadership or management role outside healthcare - 2 points. Examples: As above, at a local level.

  • None of the above - 0 points

Explanatory Notes 

Any roles claimed above must have been for a minimum period of 6 months. Local would mean at the level of a hospital single Trust, University etc. Roles outside healthcare include voluntary activity, arts, and other sciences, but not paid employment. Examples are given above. Appropriate evidence would include confirmation of election/appointment, evidence of attendance at committee meetings, letters from chair or senior figure within relevant organization. Evidence should specify the applicant by name, the role, and major responsibilities thereof.

Teaching and Training 

Portfolio Descriptors 

  • Have made a major contribution to a national or international teaching programme - 5 points 

  • Have made a major contribution to a local 4 or regional teaching programme - 4 points 

  • Have evidence of providing organised - 2 points

  • Teaching or training None of the above - 0 points 

Explanatory Notes 

A major contribution means a leading or organising role, such as a formal teaching fellowship or personally organising a formal, multi-session teaching course. National or international programmes should be open to all relevant learners in that discipline and would usually form part of a formal qualification e.g. MBBS degree, speciality diploma, etc. Local or regional programmes would be organised at the level of, for example, a single hospital Trust, and could include Foundation Programme teaching or similar activities. Formal teaching outside medicine e.g. to school students or in the community can also be included One-off, small group teaching would qualify in the 3rd descriptor, as would evidence of solely delivering a single session to a larger local or national programme. For the purposes of this section a formal teaching programme should have a duration of at least 3 months in total.

Appropriate evidence would include:

- Official documentation indicating your role as an organiser or deliverer of teaching

- Contemporaneous feedback collated or countersigned by a 3rd party

Formal Teaching Qualifications 

Portfolio Descriptors 

  • Hold a formal masters level teaching qualification or above - 5 points 

  • Hold a formal teaching qualification awarded at postgraduate level (e.g. CILT, PGCert, PGDip) - 4 points 

  • Evidence of other training in teaching methods after study of at least 2 days (e.g. Train the Trainers) - 2 points 

  • No formal qualification in teaching/education - 0 points 

Explanatory Notes 

Evidence should be in the form of an official degree certificate or transcript clearly stating the qualification and indicating the level of study. For this section only, formal teaching qualifications obtained prior studying medicine can be scored (e.g., if you completed a PGCE before your medical degree).

Audit and Quality Improvement 

Portfolio descriptors 

  • I have led 2 or more audits or quality improvement project relating to radiology which can be shown to have resulted in changed practice  - 7 points

  • I have led an audit or quality improvement project relating to radiology which can be shown to have resulted in changed practice - 5 points

  • I have led an audit or quality improvement project but not meeting all criteria above - 3 points 

  • I have contributed to, but not led, an audit or quality improvement project - 2 points 

  • None of the above - 0 points

Explanatory Notes 

Leading an audit/QI project would usually include a major role in conception, data collection, analysis, and presentation. If your evidence does not demonstrate this, please select a different descriptor appropriately. Evidence could include slides from audit presentations, a formal portfolio assessment from a supervisor confirming your role. Demonstration of changed practice could be via a closed-loop second audit cycle showing better compliance to gold standard, or by improvement in a quality metric, etc. Relating to radiology means that diagnostic imaging formed a major part of the project.

Academic Achievements 

Portfolio Descriptors 

I hold a postgraduate research degree 5 (PhD, MD, MDRes, etc) - 5 points 

At least one peer-reviewed publication relating to radiology as first author - 4 points 

At least one peer-reviewed publication, not relating to radiology, as first author OR At least one oral or poster presentation relating to radiology at national or international level, as first author - 3 points 

At least one peer-reviewed publication, not as first author OR At least one oral or poster presentation at national or international level, as first author - 2 points 

At least one oral or poster presentation, at any level - 1 point 

Involvement in a research team as part of an elective, intercalated degree , extended student research and enterprise project , academic foundation programme , academic summer school or other research taster - 1 point 

None of the above - 0 points 

Explanatory Notes 

Please note, as mentioned above, intercalated and additional undergraduate degrees have been removed from scoring according to national speciality recruitment policy. (Points scored in this section are only for postgraduate research degrees). All activity in this section should be scientific. Relating to radiology means the project should involve diagnostic imaging. This does not preclude papers in other fields e.g. surgery, oncology, etc, if they have a significant imaging focus. Publications and presentations can relate to audit/QI activity. Presentations should be proffered papers which have been through a process of peer- review (i.e. not invited oral or poster presentations).

Evidence could include:

- Degree certificate

- Your ORCID summary

- Citation including DOI/indexing service identifier (e.g. PMID)

- Conference catalogues

Prizes and Awards 

Portfolio Descriptors 

  • Prize awarded by a recognised radiology institution/specialist society or at national/international level meeting OR Distinction award of final year primary medical qualification (or equivalent) - 6 points 

  • Prize awarded by a recognised regional level institution or meeting - 3 points 

  • More than one prize awarded by a local organisation or meeting - 2 points 

  • One prize awarded by a local organisation  or meeting.- 1 point 

  • None of the above - 0 points 

 

Explanatory Notes 

To be eligible, a prize must have been open to all peers at that level of training and geographic region. I.e. all medical undergraduates and/or postgraduates within a nation, region, or specific locality. A single hospital Trust, University or similar would constitute a “local” organisation.