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Online international courses: Ins and Outs of Entrustable Professional Activities

The Ins and Outs of EPAs course is designed to provide experienced educators and individuals having roles in curriculum development, coordination, and faculty development with hands-on experience to conduct workshops and courses focused on EPAs. 

The three-day courses have been successfully conducted in 2018 and 2019 in the Netherlands, Singapore and Canada, and had been planned to be delivered at four locations at different times in 2020. All face to face courses had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. An online version of the courses was piloted in October 2020 and will be held four times in the first half of 2021.

Course overview

The course has four sessions and includes eight modules of  1'15'' hours each and is offered over a period of two to three weeks. Required homework takes about 4 hours per session, including reading and 2-3 EPA-clips of 15 minutes each. The high-intensity course has space for 20 participants and is supported by 5-6 international faculty members.

About EPAs

Entrustable Professional Activities or "EPAs" as they are commonly known have become an significant component of the design of competency-based education in health professions education. Many postgraduate medical programs and increasingly undergraduate medical programs worldwide are redesigning education and assessment procedures to incorporate EPAs in clinical training. Other health professions have explored the possibilities to use EPAs in their programs, such as nursing,  pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, midwifery, physical therapy and dentistry training.

Identifying suitable EPAs and finding consensus, adapting the objectives and programs of training, implementing new routines for education in the workplace, using entrustment decision making as an assessment approach, and faculty development to get everyone on board all require a deep understanding of the EPA concepts and skills and a toolkit of workshops and presentations, to be used at local schools and institutions.

The International EPA Course has a focus on these components of working with EPAs.

Faculty team

Involved in preparation and/or execution of the course

Olle ten Cate PhD (course director); Josephine Boland EdD; Carrie Chen MD PhD; Fremen Chou MD; Robert Englander MD MPH; Stephen Gauthier MD; Jacqueline de Graaf MD PhD; Reinier Hoff MD PhD; Adrian Marty MD; Eric Meyer MD; David Taylor MD MHPE; Claire Touchie MD MHPE; Mabel Yap MBBS PhD

Application

All application forms will be collected and weighed by the course team. Applicants who have been accepted will receive a link for online payment by credit card. Final registration is contingent upon reception of the 250 euros course fee.

Course dates

January 2021 [fully booked]

Datemodulestime CETtime ESTtime SE Asia
Friday Jan 81-213.00-15.457.00-09.45 am20.00-22.45
Wednesday Jan 133-413.00-15.457.00-09.45 am20.00-22.45
Friday Jan 155-613.00-15.457.00-09.45 am20.00-22.45
Wednesday Jan 207-813.00-15.457.00-09.45 am20.00-22.45

February 2021

Datemodulestime CETtime ESTtime SE Asia
Thursday Feb 41-216:00:18:4510:00am - 12:45pm23:00-01:45
Thursday Feb 43-420:00-22:452:00-4:45 pm03:00-05:45
Thursday Feb 115-620:00-22:452:00-4:45 pm03:00-05:45
Thursday Feb 187-820:00-22:452:00-4:45 pm03:00-05:45

April 2021

Datemodulestime CESTtime ESTtime SE Asia
Wednesday April 71-213.00-15.457.00-09.45 am19.00-21.45
Friday April 93-413.00-15.457.00-09.45 am19.00-21.45
Wednesday April 145-613.00-15.457.00-09.45 am19.00-21.45
Friday April 167-813.00-15.457.00-09.45 am19.00-21.45

June 2021

Datemodulestime CESTtime ESTtime SE Asia
Thursday June 31-216:00:18:4510:00am - 12:45pm22:00-00:45
Thursday June 33-420:00-22:452:00-4:45 pm02:00-04:45
Thursday June 105-620:00-22:452:00-4:45 pm02:00-04:45
Thursday June 177-820:00-22:452:00-4:45 pm02:00-04:45