The development of national entrustable professional activities to inform the training and assessment of public health and preventative medicine residents

Authors

  • Brent Moloughney Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Kieran Moore Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health Queen's University
  • Damon Dagnone Queen's University
  • David Strong University of Calgary Alberta Health Services

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36834/cmej.36805

Keywords:

Postgraduate medical education, Entrustable professional activities, Professional competence, Public health

Abstract

Background: Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) have emerged to bridge the gap between the learning of individual competencies and competence in real world practice. EPAs capture the critical core work of a discipline integrating competencies from multiple domains. This report describes the development of a set of EPAs for specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) in Canada.

Methods: The PHPM EPAs were developed using multiple existing sources. A combination of workshops and a national online survey was used to consult with PHPM program directors, the national specialty committee, and competency-based education experts.

Results: A national survey of PHPM program directors had a 71% response rate with 80% or more of respondents agreeing with all of the 20 EPA titles and all but one of their descriptions. Competency developmental stage-specific milestones were identified for each EPA.

Conclusion: The identification of the EPAs and their milestones will increase emphasis on the demonstrated performance of the specialty's core work.  Simulations applicable to several EPAs have been developed. The EPAs have also been incorporated into a PHPM National Review Course and will be used to develop a national PHPM curriculum, as well as a national written practice examination.

Author Biographies

Brent Moloughney, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

President, BWM Health Consultants Inc.

Kieran Moore, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health Queen's University

Program Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Professor of Emergency and Family Medicine, Queen’s University

Associate Medical Officer of Health, KFL&A Public Health

 

Damon Dagnone, Queen's University

PGME Faculty Lead for CBME & Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Queen’s University

David Strong, University of Calgary Alberta Health Services

Program Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary

Zone Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health Services

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Published

2017-07-04

How to Cite

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Moloughney B, Moore K, Dagnone D, Strong D. The development of national entrustable professional activities to inform the training and assessment of public health and preventative medicine residents. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2017 Jul. 4 [cited 2023 Jan. 28];8(3):e71-80. Available from: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/36805

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Brief Reports