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Monday, February 27 • 8:15am - 9:45am
(SNOWBIRD) From Words to Action: A Core Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) “Toolkit” to Foster Successful Implementation of the Core EPAs in MD Programs

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Abstract Body: This session highlights the use of a recently introduced EPA-specific Toolkit designed by the 10 AAMC Core EPA pilot institutions. We introduce 13, one-page templates that have been designed to simplify use of EPAs for assessment and teaching purposes in medical education, facilitate faculty and resident development, and support entrustment committees in decision-making. This work represents efforts of the Core EPA Pilot members to share the EPAs in a format that can be readily adopted and implemented in unique institutional contexts. It builds on the initial conception of EPAs by the AAMC, as published in the Curriculum Developers’ and Learners’ guides (2014). Description of Issue/topic and Rationale: In 2014, the AAMC published a Curriculum Developers Guide, as well as a Learner’s Guide, to introduce the Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency to medical educators and learners. Since then, 10 pilot institutions have developed an EPA Toolkit to assist in successful implementation of a Core EPA curriculum. The purpose of this workshop will be to introduce the EPA Toolkit and explore its use in each attendee’s institution. In the toolkit, each EPA is represented by a one-page schematic that presents the major behavioral tasks or skills of the EPA with three stages of learner development. The schematic also includes one level of “unacceptable” behaviors that would need to be addressed before a learner can progress along a developmental trajectory toward entrustment decisions for patient care. Our goal is to share each of the 13 EPA one-page templates and illustrate how institutions might use these for learner assessment, teaching in preclinical and clinical settings, faculty and resident development, and entrustment decision-making in an interactive, participant-engaged session that builds upon attendee perspectives and experiences. Learning Objectives: By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to: 1. Describe key elements of the Core EPA toolkits 2. Provide examples of how the toolkits can be used for learner education and assessment, faculty development, and entrustment decision-making 3. Discuss opportunities for EPA implementation within unique institutional contexts Methods and Session Plan: 10 minutes: Introduction of Speakers, EPA-specific “toolkits” and Purpose of the Session. 10 minutes: Setting the task, and forming groups. Attendees will be divided into four groups according to their preferred interests: (1) assessment, (2) direct teaching, (3) faculty and resident development, (4) entrustment decision-making. Prepared Toolkit packets will be distributed. 30 minutes: Groups work on assigned task and enter comments into a shared Google Doc form. Each group will choose a subset of the 13 Core EPAs and review the “one-pager” EPA summaries designed by the Core EPA Pilot Project members. They will consider their EPAs from the perspective of their group (see above) and focus on opportunities and challenges posed by the construct. They will have 25 minutes to discuss how they could use the template within their unique institutional contexts, and another 5 minutes to enter brief 4-5 word responses summarizing the discussion into a shared Google document. 40 minutes: At the 50-60 minute point of the session, the whole group will re-convene, and we will use the remaining 40 minutes to review EPA comments in the Google Doc about possible implementation strategies. These will be organized in categories to facilitate and abbreviate the discussion: implementation for assessment, teaching (preclinical and clinical), faculty/resident development, and entrustment decision-making. Intended Outcomes: Participants will have an increased understanding of the Core EPAs and have access to the Toolkits to implement them at their home institutions. Target Audience: anyone interested in implementing the AAMC Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency into their medical school curricuulm. 

Monday February 27, 2017 8:15am - 9:45am

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