• Medical Portfolio Buying Guide

March 22, 2017

Portfolio Buying Guide for Medical and Surgical Professionals

Hartnack and Company specialise in making bespoke and custom surgical portfolio binders in a variety of materials and colours. They can be made to any size requirement as well as be personalised on the front cover. The objective of commissioning a H&Co portfolio is to have a truly distinctive portfolio to present for interviews.

There are a number of considerations that you need to make when ordering your surgical or medical portfolio and we have laid these out below.

The Different Binding Mechanisms Available to You

(Updated April 2018)

For medical and surgical portfolios we used to offer a wide variety of binders, but we've had feed back that screw post portfolios are too tight and do not allow easy access to pages.

4 Ring D ring binders have also been less than ideal, as different makes of plastic page protectors have been difficult to turn over the mechanism rings.

Lastly it appears that certain specialities specify Lever Arch binding mechanisms. This has lead us to specify for that for specialist medical and surgical portfolios, we offer

  • 5.5cm Lever Arch Mechanism, which will hold approximately 100 plastic page protectors.
  • 6.5cm Lever Arch Mechanism, which will hold approximately 150 plastic page protectors
  • 10cm Q Ring Binder Mechanism, we are sorry we haven't plastic page protector count on this.

A leather ring binder with 50 page protector pockets (above) while below is 12cm binder 150 page protectors.

Below is fairly typical medical or surgical portfolio made by Hartnack & Co. It is a Ring Binder with a 5cm black mechanism. The outer cover is in Pewter Buckram, a practical choice as buckram is easy to keep clean. The inner cover is Black Buckram which provides a contrast to the Pewter and also matches the ring binder mechanism. Karuniyan opted for a horizontal internet pocket as well.
For personalisation Karuniyan chose a name plaque to match the inner cover and had their name foiled in Matt Silver foil as well.

custom made surgical portfolio by H&Co 1023px

Medical portfolio personalised name plaque

Clamshell Box Ring Binder (below) 

Box ring binder with 150 page protectors hartnack and co 

Clamshell Box Portfolios

Our final offer is the clamshell box portfolio or box file.

Pros: They make a statement. They can be ordered with either a ring binder mechanism or screw posts.
Cons: Have to allow for future growth, once you specify the size of the box and binder it can't be made bigger. Price

Clamshell boxes can be found here

surgical portfolio box binder hartnack and co

Cover Materials For Your Portfolio

If your medical and surgical portfolio is going to handled a quite a bit we strongly recommend you specify a Buckram outer cover (it’s sometimes referred to as it less technical name ‘the shinny material’) 

Buckram is material that has an acrylic coating which gives it a water resistance and is therefore wipeable.

Our standard book cloth is very tactile, but is rayon material and while more attractive than buckram it is not water resistant and can not be easily cleaned.
That said it does make for a good inner cover material as it provides a contrast to the buckram on the outside in appearance and texture.

There is no extra charge for having more than one material for your portfolio.

Another choice for portfolios leather. We offer black and brown in either 3mm or 2.5mm and both are available as ring binders or screw post binders. 

A link to our fabric swatch page can be found here

Personalising Your Portfolio

There are two main options for personalising your medical portfolio. Your name can be stamped/embossed onto the cover as a Blind Deboss which is a deep impression with no colour. The second option is that your name can be foil stamped on to the cover. For small extra cost it can also be stamped onto the spine as well. There is no limit or extra cost to the size of the personalisation and over how many lines, therefore - Nicholas Hartnack & Medical Portfolio can appear on two lines at no extra cost. 

An example of blind debossing is seen below.

an example of hartnack blind debossing for surgical portfoliosBelow is an example of foil stamping

a4 surgical portfolio book binder by hartnack and co

Lastly, there is also an option to have your name foiled onto a plaque as seen below.

Personalised Surgical Medical Portfolio

More information can be found out about personalisation on this link here

Find out more about our Medical and Surgical Portfolios

If you have any further questions, as always drop us a line or give us a ring. Our details can be found on the Contact Page.





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