Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) are a popular topic within competency-based medical post- and undergraduate education programs in many countries. The wish to bridge the gap between well-elaborated competency frameworks and clinical practice in patient care has led to the creation of this concept. In teaching settings, supervisors decide when and for what tasks they entrust trainees to assume clinical responsibilities. Building on this concept, EPAs are units of professional practice, defined as tasks or responsibilities to be entrusted to the unsupervised execution by a trainee once he or she has attained sufficient specific competence. As such, EPAs are a means to translate competencies into clinical practice. EPAs are independently executable, observable, and measurable in their process and outcome, and therefore, suitable for entrustment decisions. In this webinar, Professor Olle ten Cate, Professor of Medical Education at the University Medical Center, Utrecht (NL), and Professor Reinoud Gemke, Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the VUmc University Medical Center, Amsterdam (NL) and (former) Chair of the Dutch Taskforce Optimization Postgraduate Paediatrics (TOP2020), illustrate how EPAs can be applied to ensure supervisors have confidence in their trainees to perform professional duties unsupervised and how this concept has been implemented as an assessment tool in post-graduate paediatric training programs in The Netherlands, the USA and Canada. This is the first webinar in our new Young EAP/EAP Educational Series.
Contact: L. Schrier
Want to learn more?
EPAs for Pediatrics: https://insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=21169788
EPAs for General Pediatrics (American Board of Pediatrics): https://www.abp.org/entrustable-professional-activities-epas
EPAs for Pediatric Subspecialties (American Board of Pediatrics): https://www.abp.org/subspecialty-epas
EPAs for Developmental-Behavorial Pediatrics: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jpc.12238
EPAs for Pediatric Gastro-Enterology (NASPGHAN): https://www.naspghan.org/content/132/en/training/opportunities/Entrustable-Professional-Activities
Video material (including English subtitles):
The experience of a pediatric resident with EPAs: https://www.medischevervolgopleidingen.nl/ondersteuningsmateriaal/movie-summative-entrustment-decision-making-residents-experiences
The experience of a pediatric resident with EPAs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3njA5vD8NbI&feature=youtu.be
Experience with EPAs in Pediatrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_tPfMVYqtc