Using Entrustable Professional Activities in Health Professions Educational Assessment

February 25
Campus Library, Room CL-220/223
530 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco CA


Using Entrustable Professional Activities in Health Professions Educational Assessment

Led by:

H. Carrie Chen, MD, MSEd
Abraham Rudolph Endowed Chair in Pediatric Education
Clinical Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Karen Hauer, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Department of Medicine

Sandra K. Oza, MD, MA
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine


This workshop introduces medical educators in undergraduate and graduate medical education, including clerkship and program directors, to entrustable professional activities as a promising method for assessing learners’ clinical performance. Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) are ones essential to the practice of medicine that require demonstration of competence in a range of domains. EPAs may include specialty- and setting-specific activities, and are appealing because they address authentic practice in the workplace, and depend neither on inferences from assessments of parts of a task (as opposed to a full task), nor on performance in testing settings.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Hear about current use of EPAs across the continuum
  • Discuss strengths, concerns, and opportunities with EPAs for assessment
  • Identify and develop a sample EPA
  • Analyze the developmental nature of EPAs by ordering a list of EPAs
  • Brainstorm strategies for introducing EPAs and diffusing them across learner levels

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define the essential activities of practice and the expected roles as a learner develops and gains experience.
  • Define an Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA)
  • Identify EPAs that can be applied for assessment of medical trainees across learner levels and specialties
  • Apply a stepwise methodology for the development of EPAs

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UCSF School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of two AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

Course No. MGR14075