Portfolio to Go: 1000+ Reflective Writing Prompts and Provocations for Clinical Learners

Portfolio to Go: 1000+ Reflective Writing Prompts and Provocations for Clinical Learners

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By Allan D. Peterkin, MD
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
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192 Pages
ISBN 9781487520113
Published Oct 2016
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Preparing a learning portfolio has become a mandatory part of the course work in most clinical professions. Students and educators alike sometimes complain that these mandatory assignments become repetitive and uninspired. However, we all need to be able to speak and write clearly as we work with our colleagues, students and those we care for.

In Portfolio To Go, Allan D. Peterkin insists that reflective capacity, critical thinking, creative expression, and narrative competence are attributes that should be developed in every health professional – regardless of the discipline or specialty. Trainees will find over 1000 prompts organized under themes highly relevant to students and educators, including those not formally addressed in class, such as coping with uncertainty and ambiguity, team conflict, and resilience through good self-care. Practical tips for writing effectively and for discussing and evaluating narratives in a helpful, respective manner are provided throughout. Peterkin is a pioneer in emphasizing patient-centred, humanistic care and Portfolio To Go will help to train and develop more reflective practitioners.

Allan D. Peterkin is Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto where he heads the Program in Health, Arts and Humanities. He is the author of 14 books for adults and children including Staying Human During Residency Training (University of Toronto Press) now in its sixth edition


INTRODUCTION – Some Background on Reflective Capacity

1. Why We Write (and How We Can Do It Better)

2. What Can My Reflective Portfolio Be?

3. Finding Optimal Conditions to Write and Reflect

4. Getting Started: Learning as a Journey – Writing Prompts

5. Using Writing Prompts and Storytelling to Maximize Growth and Reflection

6. Communication – Writing Prompts

7. Collaboration and Teamwork – Writing Prompts

8. Conflict – Writing Prompts

9. The Personal Narrative Reflection Tool – Steps for Enhancing Critical Reflection in your Portfolio Entries

10. The Patient or Client as Person – Writing Prompts

11. Diversity Culture Equity – Writing Prompts

12. Social Justice/ Advocacy – Writing Prompts 

13. From Portfolio to Action: Practical Strategies for Practicing Narrative-Based Care

14. Well-Being and the Clinician as a Person – Writing Prompts

15. Ambiguity/ Uncertainty – Writing Prompts

16. Career Satisfaction – Writing Prompts

17. Battling the Inner Critic – How to Stay Open when you Reflect and Write

18. Personal Reflections – Writing Prompts

19. Elements of Critical Written Reflection

20. Sample Course Guidelines – USCF LEAP and Reflection on Action Rubric (UCSF)

21. The Body – Writing Prompts

22. Things to Consider when Forming a Reflective Writing Group

23. Professionalism and Ethics – Writing Prompts

24. Values, Beliefs and Assumptions – Writing Prompts  

25. Toward a More In-depth Assessment of Reflective Writing Evaluation – How do Professors Grade Your Assignments?

26. Hidden Curriculum and Power – Writing Prompts 

27. Am I a Good Group Member? Positive Characteristics

28. Dilemmas and Difficult Stories – Writing Prompts 

29. Sample Discussion Points when Working with Students 

30. For Teachers and Student Leaders 

31. A Sample Narrative Reflection Workshop Evaluation

32. Creativity – Writing Prompts 

33. Graphic Medicine – Reflecting Without Words

34. Getting Published – Common Themes that Predict Success 

35. Guidelines for Narrative Accountability when Writing about Patients / Clients

36. Finding Publishing Opportunities

37. A Few Words on Blogging and Social Media

38. Other Writing and Healing References

39. Author Biography

"Portfolio to Go contains a compilation of prompts that are excellent, provocative, and stimulating. Grouping them with CanMEDS roles is really useful for physicians and a wonderful idea."

Sheila Pinchin, Educational Developer, Office of Health Sciences, Queen’s University