Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs): A Useful Concept for Health Professions Education

Date: 28 Sep 2019  |  Time: 1515 - 1820  |  Location: Academia, L2-S3 Exp  |  Class Size: 50

Facilitators: Dr Inge Pool, Assoc Prof Tham Kum Ying, Dr Aline Teh Hooi Ming, Ms Chan Huay Lian, Ms Poh Chee Lien, Ms Khoo Shi Min, Ms Him Ai Ling and Ms Cheah Le Le

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) are units of professional practice, while competencies describe people’s abilities. EPAs integrate competencies into the authentic care of patients by means of required level of supervision rather than level of learner competence. It facilitates clinical educators to make valid entrustment decisions. 

In an increasingly complex and costly health care system, challenges faced by clinical educators in each clinical encounter is to make the right decisions about what they trust their learners to do and the required level of supervision. EPA framework allows clinical educators to review the available data to make summative entrustment decisions. It provides a shared mental model of learner behaviours and progress at each level of performance. Learners, patients and community will benefit from aligning assessment of health professions education with the required activities for safe and high-quality health care. 

In the era of multidisciplinary care delivery system, most of the current evaluation tools were not designed to provide a longitudinal assessment. EPAs assessment tools provide meaningful data to guide in decision-making on readiness for indirect supervision. 

The workshop is structured to create awareness of EPAs and supports educators interested in building EPAs as curriculum tools. It aims to provide an overview of EPAs in various group of healthcare professionals, supplemented with practical application to assessment.

(Workshop seats are on first-come-first-served basis)

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