Petre Shotadze Tbilisi Medical Academy (TMA) held a portfolio mentor's three-day online training. The training was held by the heads of the Medical Education Innovation Center of TMA, Joke Denekens (Prof. In Medical Education) and Herman Van Rosem (Prof. In Medical Education) (Antwerp, Belgium).
Within the frames of the training, through mini-lectures, workshops, and discussions the participants got introduced to the portfolio concept, developed at the academy, the structure of student assignments within the portfolio, assessment, principles of effective feedback, and the portfolio mentor rights and responsibilities.
The portfolio is an innovative method of teaching and assessment in the educational programs of the Academy. The self-reflection learning activities and personal development plan (PDP) implemented within the portfolio enable students to engage in an active learning process for both professional and personal development and to achieve the competencies defined by the educational program that is directly related to professionalism (Including lifelong learning).
Students are assisted by mentors in completing assignments provided through the portfolio system.
TMA School of Medicine took the first steps towards the introduction of the portfolio method during the 2020-2021 academic year, and four mentors were involved in the process. Fifteen potential mentors are currently being trained.