International courses: Ins and Outs of Entrustable Professional Activities

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 since February 2020 had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. An online version of the courses was piloted in October 2020 and has been held multiple times in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Course overview uitklapper, klik om te openen

The online course has four sessions and includes eight modules of 1'15'' hours each, supplemented with optional Q&A hours, and is offered over a period of two weeks. The high-intensity course has space for 20 participants and is supported by 5-6 international faculty members. Versions of the course will be held in 2024:

  • September 6 – 17 (fully booked)
  • November 15 – 26

Local courses in Singapore and Taiwan will be held and announced soon.

2024 course flyer

People conferring

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.

Involved in preparation and/or execution of the course

Olle ten Cate PhD, Josephine Boland EdD, Carrie Chen MD PhD, Fremen Chou MD, Robert Englander MD MPH, Sonia Frick MD, Stephen Gauthier MD, Jacqueline de Graaf MD PhD, Marije Hennus MD PhD, Ilva Holzhausen PhD, Jennie Jarret PharmD, PhD, MHPE, Gersten Jonker MD PhD, Roberta Ladenheim MD, Machelle Linsenmeyer EdD, FNAOME, María José López MSc, Adrian Marty MD, Eric Meyer MDPhD, Severin Pinilla MD Med PhD, Daniel Schumacher MD PhD, David Taylor MD MHPE, Jean Timmerberg PT PhD MHS, Claire Touchie MD MHPE, Mabel Yap, MBBS PhD, Vanessa Burch, MBBCh  MMed, PhD.

Course dates and application uitklapper, klik om te openen

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 course fee. For course fees see the application form of the specific course.

The course will be highly interactive and requires a stable internet connection.

The course fee is €300,- (€150,- for participants from low and low-middle income countries). 

The course has no formal ECTS accreditation, but has an equivalent weight of 1.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

September 2024

Fri Sept 6Tue Sept 10Fri Sept 13Tue Sept 17
Modules1 + 23 + 45 + 67 + 8
CEST16:00 - 18:4515:00 - 18:4515:00 - 18:4515:00 - 18:45
EST10:00 - 1:45 a/p09:00 - 1:45 a/p09:00 - 1:45 a/p09:00 - 1:45 a/p
PST07:00 - 09:45 am06:00 - 09:45 am06:00 - 09:45 am06:00 - 09:45 am
Buenos Aires11:00 - 13:4510:00 - 13:4510:00 - 13:4510:00 - 13:45
Singapore/TW22:00 - 00:4521:00 - 00:4521:00 - 00:4521:00 - 00:45
Sydney00:00 - 02:4523:00 - 02:4523:00 - 02:4523:00 - 02:45
Auckland +102:00 - 04:4501:00 - 04:4501:00 - 04:4501:00 - 04:45

CEST: Central European Standard Time; EST: Eastern Standard Time; PST: Pacific Standard Time

November 2024

Fri Nov 15Tue Nov 19Fri Nov 22Tue Nov 26
Modules1 + 23 + 45 + 67 + 8
CEST09:00 - 11:4508:00 - 11:4508:00 - 11:4508:00 - 11:45
EST03:00 - 05:45 a02:00 - 05:45 a02:00 - 05:45 a02:00 - 05:45 a
PST00:00 - 02:45 am11:00 - 2:45 p/a11:00 - 2:45 p/a11:00 - 2:45 p/a
Buenos Aires05:00 - 07:4504:00 - 07:4504:00 - 07:4504:00 - 07:45
Singapore/TW16:00 - 18:4515:00 - 18:4515:00 - 18:4515:00 - 18:45
Sydney19:00 - 21:4518:00 - 21:4518:00 - 21:4518:00 - 21:45
Auckland21:00 - 23:4520:00 - 23:4520:00 - 23:4520:00 - 23:45

CEST: Central European Standard Time; EST: Eastern Standard Time; PST: Pacific Standard Time

Application form November 2024

Recent EPA course testimonials

  • Brilliant course!
  • Excellent engagement; I have taken away so much to think about and reflect on.
  • Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this CoP. Just shows that you can be engaging even in an online environment!
  • It was nice being able to speak and discuss with experienced and notable figures in the med ed scene in such a light-lighted and intimate setting. 
  • I also appreciate that the groupings were very thoughtful - e.g., we were given chance to interact with people from different background and have a more diverse understanding on the challenges that different communities are facing in EPA implementation. 
  • It was a fantastic and very educational course.
  • Small group discussions were great, and I really really liked the video clips. Thank you very much to all the excellent faculty! 

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