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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 and 2021.

The course will be delivered in both formats in 2022, in an intensive, interactive form, supported by an expert faculty team, for groups of 20 (online) or 30 (on location).

Course overview uitklapper, klik om te openen

The 3-day at-location course will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands (April 7-9, 2022) and in Washington DC (October 20-22, 2022), with presence of 5-6 international faculty members

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 2022 February 4-15, June 3-14, September 2-13 and December 9-20.

2021 course flyer

2022 course flyer

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, Jacqueline de Graaf MD PhD, Marije Hennus MD PhD, Reinier Hoff MD PhD, Adrian Marty MD, Eric Meyer MD, Severin Pinilla MD, 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.

November 2021 - Now fully booked


Nov 5Nov 9Nov 12Nov 16
Modules1 + 23 + 45 + 6 7 + 8
Start CEST14:0014:0014:0014:00
End CEST16:4517:4517:4517:45
Start EST09:00a08:00a08:00a08:00a
End EST11:45a11:45a11:45a11:45a
Start Asia time21:00p21:0021:0021:00
End Asia time23:45p00:45p00:45p00:45p

February 2022 - Online


Feb 4Feb 8Feb 11Feb 15
Modules1 + 23 + 45 + 67 + 8
Start CEST17:0016:0016:0016:00
End CEST19:4519:4519:4519:45
Start EST11:00a10:00a10:00a10:00a
End EST1:45p1:45a1:45a1:45a
Start PT08:00a07:00a07:00a07:00a
End PT10:45a10:45a10:45a10:45a

Application form February 2022

April 2022 - at location

April 7-9, Utrecht, the Netherlands

This course is open for preliminary registration. However, payment will not be asked until January, when we hope to make a decision to proceed with the course, considering the COVID-19 pandemic situation. We do invite to register, but this will not be binding.

Download details of the April 2022 course

Application form April 2022

October 2022 - at location

October 20-22, 2022, Washington DC, USA

Details will be published later.

June 2022 - online


Jun 3Jun 7Jun 10Jun 14
Modules1 + 23 + 45 + 6 7 + 8
Start CEST20:0019:0014:0014:00
End CEST22:4522:4517:4517:45
Start EST2:00 pm1:00pm1:00pm1:00pm
End EST4:45 pm4:45pm4:45pm4:45pm
Start PT11am10am10am10am
End PT1:45pm1:45pm1:45pm1:45pm

Application form June 2022

September 2022 - online


Sept 2Sept 6Sept 9Sept 13
Modules1 + 23 + 45 + 6 7 + 8
Start CEST17:0016:0016:0016:00
End CEST19:4519:4519:4519:45
Start EST11:0010:0010:0010:00
End EST1:451:451:451:45
Start PT 08:0007:0007:0007:00
End PT 10:4510:4510:4510:45

Application form September 2022

December 2022 - online


Dec 9Dec 13Dec 16Dec 20
Modules1 + 23 + 45 + 6 7 + 8
Start CEST09:0008:0008:0008:00
End CEST11:4511:4511:4511:45
Start NST16:0015:0015:0015:00
End NST18:4518:4518:4518:45
Start EST18:0017:0017:0017:00
End EST20:4520:4520:4520:45
Start NZST20:0019:0019:0019:00
End NZST22:4522:4522:4522:45

Application form December 2022

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