What is a FIT Portfolio?
Your FIT Portfolio is a master compilation of the items that document your progress in, and ultimately completion of, the FIT program. The purpose of requiring FITs to maintain their FIT Portfolio throughout their program tenure is to provide a non-burdensome, meaningful and educational practice for FITs to track documentation of their FIT progress, which will be used by the FIT committee to make assessments regarding progress and graduation. The FIT portfolio is made up of:
- Narrative Personal Statement: This statement is typically a 1-1.5 page essay that should explain in a narrative fashion where the feels they are in the process, and may include any realizations they have made about themselves, what they feel they need to work on, what areas they have experienced personal growth in, etc. This statement is a self-evaluation tool that should include reflection on thier journey towards competency as it relates to both personal awareness and skill building.
- Updated Learning Plan: FITs are asked to update their learning plan so that it contains overall goals for the year, specific objectives which will lead to those goals, learning activities that will lead to attainment of their objectives, and methods for evaluating their progress.
- Letter from Guide: This letter should convey evidence of FIT growth and progress toward thier learning goals, as well as provide specific examples of how they have demonstrated competence.
(Optional) Additional Letter from Faculty: If FITs have had encounters with Faculty and would like to ask them to write a letter, thet are welcome to do so. This letter should be sent by a faculty with whom the FIT has worked in ACH courses or in other capacities (through ACH or at their home institution). These letters should discuss the FITs knowledge and competence as they relate to personal awareness and/or skills work. This additional Faculty letter will be a required part of the annual review process for 2021, so we encourage FITs to seek Faculty connections!
What is the FIT Progress Tracker?
The Progress Tracker displays the required skills components of the FIT program first by the 4 core domains: Facilitation, Workshop Content & Development, Coaching, and Personal Awareness. Each core domain is then broken down into its respective Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). Finally, each EPA is then broken down into specific microskills. The tracker allows for a qualitative assessment of each EPA, with space for faculty narrative assessment (specific and illustrative) and FIT narrative assessment. Need access to the FIT tracker? Email Rachel Poarch at firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
When to update and submit your FIT Portfolio?
Submit: January (If you started the FIT program in January, your FIT Portfolio would be due in the fall of the same year, and annually thereafter for each additional year you are in the program).
Update: It is suggested that you update your FIT Progress Tracker regularly.
As a FIT, your primary venues for demonstrating and receiving feedback on your skills are Winter Course and ENRICH, attendance at which are required of all FITs. Therefore, you should aim to update this document at least once after Winter Course and once after ENRICH. This will not only allow for more real-time reflection and steady progress, but will also make it easier each year when you submit your full FIT Portfolio!
Who should sign off on your microskills and provide a narrative for your EPAs?
Any ACH faculty member may sign off on your microskills and provide a narrative for your EPAs. This could include a faculty member in in whose Winter Course personal awareness group or ENRICH learning group you participated or assisted with, a faculty member in whose Winter Course FIT Skills session you participated, a faculty member in whose Winter Course or ENRICH workshop you participated, or your ACH Guide. The goal is to capture a variety of faculty’s assessment of you to paint a picture of your progress and abilities.
What are faculty responsible for?
- Entrustment decision(s) resulting in signing off on individual EPAs.
- Direct observation of the FIT
- Honest feedback to the FIT
- Please note that any one individual faculty member is not the sole determinant of the FIT's readiness to graduate from the FIT program. The decision regarding readiness to graduate will be made by the FIT Committee on the basis of reviewing multiple pieces of data from multiple sources.