The University of Michigan has developed an EPA framework for predoctoral dental education using a modified Delphi process. The
concept of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) operationalizes competency-based education and facilitates the guidance and evaluation of learners in clinical workplaces. An EPA is a unit of professional practice that can be entrusted to a sufficiently competent learner or professional and requires proficiency in multiple competencies simultaneously. EPA-based assessment results in summative entrustment decisions to act under a specified level of supervision.
Through short presentations and storytelling, the facilitators will show how they developed the draft EPAs and how an EPA framework will be used to assess competency within a new clinical education model. They will facilitate small group activities where learning communities explore the concepts of EPAs, competencies and milestones. What can we learn from other health professions that have adopted EPAs for assessing competency? Could EPAs be an innovative solution for dental education’s challenge to ensuring (assessing) a future-ready graduate who is competent and ready for independent practice, and who will provide person-centered care?