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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 en 2022.

Course overview uitklapper, klik om te openen

The 3-day live course at location is not planned in 2023.

The online course has four sessions and includes eight modules of  1'15'' hours each, supplemented with some optional Q&A hours, and is offered over a period of two to three weeks. The high-intensity course has space for 20 participants and is supported by 5-6 international faculty members. This version of the course will be held in 2023 January 27-February 7, April 28-May 9, September 8-19 and November 24-December 5.

2023 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, Reinier Hoff MD PhD, Jennie Jarret PharmD, PhD, MHPE, Matthew Kelleher MD, Roberta Ladenheim MD, 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

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

January/February 2023 

Now fully booked


Fri Jan 27Tue Jan 31Fri Feb 3Tue Feb 7
Modules1 + 23 + 45 + 6 7 + 8
CEST19:00-21:4518:00-21:4518:00-21:4518:00-21:45
EST01:00-03:45 pm12:00-03:45 pm12:00-03:45 pm12:00-03:45 pm
PST 10:00-12:4509:00-12:4509:00-12:4509:00-12:45
Buenos Aires03:00-05:45 pm02:00-05:45 pm02:00-05:45 pm02:00-05:45 pm
Singapore/TW + 102:00-04:4501:00-04:4501:00-04:4501:00-04:45
Sydney + 102:00-04:4501:00-04:4501:00-04:4501:00-04:45
Auckland + 107:00-09:45 am06:00-09:45 am06:00-09:45 am06:00-09:45 am

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

April/May 2023

Now fully booked


Fri April 28Tue May 2Fri May 5Tue May 9
Modules1 + 23 + 45 + 6 7 + 8
CEST20:00-22:4519:00-22:4519:00-22:4519:00-22:45
EST02:00-04:45 pm01:00-04:45 pm01:00-04:45 pm01:00-04:45 pm
PST 11:00-01:45 pm10:00-01:45 pm10:00-01:45 pm10:00-01:45 pm
Buenos Aires15:00-17.4514:00-17:4514:00-17:4514:00-17:45
Singapore/TW + 102:00-04:4501:00-04:4501:00-04:4501:00-04:45
Sydney + 104:00-06:4503:00-06:4503:00-06:4503:00-06:45
Auckland + 106:00-08:4505:00-08:4505:00-08:4505:00-08:45

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

September 2023


Fri Sept 8Tue Sept 12Fri Sept 15Tue Sept 19
Modules1 + 23 + 45 + 6 7 + 8
CEST16:00-18:4515:00-18:4515:00-18:4515:00-18:45
EST10:00-01:45 a/p09:00-01:45 a/p09:00-01:45 a/p09:00-01:45 a/p
PST 07:00-10:45 am06:00-10:45 am06:00-10:45 am06:00-10:45 am
Buenos Aires11:00-14.4510:00-14:4510:00-14:4510:00-14:45
Singapore/TW22:00-00:4521:00-00:4521:00-00:4521:00-00:45
Sydney 00:00-02:4523:00-02:4523:00-02:4523:00-02:45
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

Application form September 2023

November/December 2023


Fri Nov 24Tue Nov 28Fri Dec 1Tue Dec 5
Modules1 + 23 + 45 + 6 7 + 8
CEST09:00-11:4508:00-11:4508:00-11:4508:00-11:45
EST03:00-05:45 am02:00-05:45 am02:00-05:45 am02:00-05:45 am
PST 00:00-02:45 am11:00-02:45 p/a11:00-02:45 p/a11:00-02:45 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
Sydney 19:00-21:4518:00-21:4518:00-21:4518:00-21:45
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/December 2023

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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