Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA)

Competency Training in Healthcare

“A critical part of professional work that can be identified as a unit to be entrusted to a trainee once sufficient competence has been reached” Ten Cate (2005).

“Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) are important work tasks that trainees need to be able to perform with supervision at a distance by the end of Basic Training”. Learners can be assessed as ‘Ready to perform with supervision at a distance’ or ‘Not yet ready to perform with supervision at a distance’ (The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2019).

Resources

Ten Cate, O., Chen, H. C., Hoff, R. G., Peters, H., Bok, H., & van der Schaaf, M. (2015). Curriculum development for the workplace using entrustable professional activities (EPAs): AMEE guide no. 99Medical Teacher37(11), 983-1002.

Ten Cate, O. (2013). Nuts and bolts of entrustable professional activitiesJournal of Graduate Medical Education5(1), 157-158.

Ten Cate, O. (2005). Entrustability of professional activities and competency-bases trainingMedical Education39, 1176-1177.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Quick Guide to Entrustable Professional Activities

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Entrustable Professional Activities.