March 22, 2017
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 professional, distinctive, personalised medical portfolio to present for interviews.
Your medical portfolio or evidence portfolio at a core training interview, will be seen before you are. Therefore your objective is to have a portfolio that makes the statement you want it to about you, before you've even had the chance to do so yourself in person.
As far as we can gather, from those that we have spoken to, presentation is key, but also, so easy navigation and access to information. Hopefully you'll find some of the information below in this blog useful.
Our home page for medical and surgical portfolios can be found here
(Updated December 2019)
Over the last 6 years of making bespoke medical and surgical portfolios, we have used a wide variety of binder types. Over this time we've had feed back on what is considered the ideal choice for a medical portfolio. Based on this, what we recommend is either a 6.5cm lever arch binder mechanism. This will fit 100 page protectors and 16 dividers (as per the banner image above) For those looking to put in more than 100 page protectors, we suggest a 2 ring Q binder which is available in either 8cm or 10cm sizes.
We recommend a 2 ring binder, just because certain medical specialities have made mention in their portfolio guidance to use a "lever arch file". Whether this is mentioned for a specific practical reason, or because it's a generic name, we don't know. They are easier to access in terms of contents (page protectors) also, our page protectors do not fit a 4 ring binder mechanism.
For a small number of pages, screw post binders are ideal as they give the effect of a bound book. The pages are held tightly at the spine so read like a book, but that means getting access to the contents is not easy, which in an interview could count against you.
As you will see from our medical portfolio gallery pages, we also make 4 Ring, ring binders. These are appealing, particularly in the matt black finish and actually it might be argued that the pages are easier to turn, however we must point out that our page protectors do not fit 4 binders, therefore you need to source different page protectors (see the section below for page protectors).
There are no restrictions to what colours are available and in what combination, bare in mind though, that your portfolio is making the statement about you before you've been seen.
Our fabric swatch page to see the options open to you can be found here.
This is essentially one the key points of having a 'personalised' medical portfolio isn't it? Things to bare in mind are; There are a choice typefaces that you can see below. There are no 'standard' medical typefaces or layouts, therefore if you have seen something on our website you like let us know and we will do our best to re-create it.
We sell very good quality, A4 sized, top loading, polypropylene plastic page protectors that are 110 micron thick and glass clear. These are archive safe, so will not affect the printed contents in future years. They can be ordered either here or while ordering your lever arch portfolio on tis page. PLEASE NOTE. These do not fit 4 Ring Binders.
The best quality pockets that do fit 4 ring binders are also made from Polypropylene but are 80 micron thick. They can be bought from Ryman Stationers or Abbey Stationers.
This can be the important bit, because having dealt with the portfolios appearance, you now have to effectively deal with organisation and making sure your portfolio can be quickly navigated (very important!)
Unfortunately we do not supply dividers. The photo above features dividers from medicalportfolios.com which are just one of the options we think you have.
The first and cheapest option is to purchase either numbered or blank tabbed dividers which you either number or label yourself. These can be bought through Office World, Ryman or Amazon. Make sure whatever you buy is described as A4+ or large A4. This is important, as if they are just A4 they will not protrude beyond your page protectors.The issue we see with these, are that for A4+ sized dividers, they come in sets of either 5 tabs, 10 tabs or 20 tabs. This is not a calamity, it's just that some specialties have 16 or 13 sections, therefore buying numbered ones can be tricky - probably better therefore to buy blank sets.
The section option is to go to medicalportfolios.com and buy their dividers which are sold as per the specialty you are applying for. As you can see from the photo, they look very good and are clearly legible.
The third option is to go completely bespoke (like your portfolio). A company called Carlsson Express Tabs will print up a bespoke, colour coded version. The problem is that each bespoke set requires bespoke printing plates and they therefore cost between £100 - £150 a set.
Double lever arch files as the name suggest are two lever arch files in one as per the examples below.
Our final offer is the clamshell box portfolio or box file. We haven't done many clamshell box medical portfolios, but we have certainly done some.
Clamshell boxes can be found here
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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