Seven Reasons to Store EPAs Digitally

Posted by Enda Griffin on 05-Oct-2018 16:30:53

Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) is changing the delivery and assessment of medical education in healthcare institutions around the world. CBME is outcome-based education, focusing on what is attained in terms of knowledge, skill, behaviour and attitude. This brings a wider focus to education, not just what is learned from the actual teaching process.

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) are an effective measuring tool for these competencies. An EPA is a core unit of professional practice which can be entrusted to a trainee as soon as they have demonstrated the competence to conduct the task without supervision. Qpercom developed an EPA Management System, Entrust, to provide a digital solution for storing and managing EPAs. An accompanying work-based assessment app measures the trainee feedback, to complete the feedback loop between trainer and trainee. 

But what are the benefits of storing and accessing these EPAs digitally over paper?

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Topics: competency based assessment, EPAs, entrustable professional activities, curriculum mapping, competency frameworks, competency management system, student feedback, electronic assessment, big data, analysis, medical education, competency based education, dataprocessing, digitalscoring, programming, computer science, cloud storage, feedback, milestones, blueprinting

Research: Winny Setyonugroho's Phd on Communication Skills during OSCEs

Posted by Enda Griffin on 23-Dec-2015 10:46:00


In December 2015, Winny Setyonugroho defended his thesis 'The Assessment of Communication Skills During OSCEs: Development and Trialed Implementation of a New Standardised Model Using the MAAS-Global Instrument'. According to the external examiner Dr Marc van Nuland:

"This thesis is original in its introduction of a calibration process for OSCE checklist instruments. This certainly is a valuable contribution to the knowledge and scholarship within the domain of medical education. Further on, researching the effect of having a different first language on the results of communication assessment in OSCE is also of special interest. It is valuable that the candidate has tried to explain the observed differences of students with a different first language compared to native English speaking students from the perspective of the Theory of Working Memory."

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Topics: eAssessment, clinical assessment, osces, objective structured clinical examinations, big data, analysis, phd, communication skills, medical research, medical education

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