Entrustable professional activities: Significance for health education

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  • Event Categories: Research; Teaching, Training and Research

Join us for the next webinar in our Evaluation and Research Webcast Series as we invite Professor Olle ten Cate to discuss competency-based education in health professions, and how entrustable professional activities (EPAs) can be applied to ensure educators have confidence in their students to perform professional duties unsupervised.

Competency-based medical education (CBME), also applicable to non-medical health professional education, aims at assisting graduates in meeting the standards of health care practice. EPA is a concept that connects competency frameworks, such as the CanMEDS, developed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) frameworks, to every day clinical practice.

Key in the use of EPAs for health education is the incremental increase in responsibility and autonomy, while decreasing supervision, it provides to educators for specified health professional activities. It accomplishes that by assisting health educators in gauging their students’ readiness for an increased level of decision-making through the combined assessment of their skills with features that allow trust, including integrity, humility, reliability and agency.

Discussion following the webinar will be facilitated by Professor Balakrishnan (Kichu) Nair AM.

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  • The essence of competency-based education in the health professions
  • The definition and significance of entrustable professional activities
  • The dynamics of prospective entrustment decision-making as an approach to assessment

This webinar is suited for health professionals who have an interest in health education and assessment.

The webinar will be recorded and made available on the Evaluation and Research Webcast Series page, for those who cannot attend the live presentation.

Luciano Melo
Senior Program Manager, Research and Journal Management
Education Strategy, Research and Evaluation