From principles to practice: Implementation of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) for surgical pathology residency education in a large academic hospital

Christopher Felicelli, Alcino Gama*, Yevgen Chornenkyy, Bonnie Choy, Luis Z. Blanco, Jorge Eduardo Novo

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Abstract

Over the past decade, competency-based medical education (CBME) has gained momentum in the United States to develop trainees into independent and confident physicians by the end of their training. Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) are an established methodology for assessing trainee development through an outcomes-driven rather than a time-based model. While EPAs have been utilized as an assessment tool for CBME in Europe and Canada, their validation and implementation in some medical specialties has occurred more recently in the United States. Pediatrics was the first specialty in the US to conduct a large-scale UME-GME pilot. Pathology Residency EPAs were published in 2018; however, implementation in training programs has been slow. We have piloted EPAs in our residency program's surgical pathology rotation and propose a unique set of 4 surgical pathology EPAs to track trainee preparedness for independent practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100097
JournalAcademic Pathology
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2023

Keywords

  • Competency-based medical education
  • Entrustable professional activities
  • Graduated responsibility
  • Medical education
  • Surgical pathology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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