Presentations, guides, videos and related tools for programs and trainees to aid in the implementation of EPAs

Entrustable Professional Activities - Resources for Programs and Trainees

Presentations and Related Materials

ABS EPA Grand Rounds Presentation

Programs may request to have an ABS EPA Project Speakers Bureau representative present a Grand Rounds on EPAs at their local program, either virtually or in-person. To request a speaker, please complete this form.

ABS EPA Grand Rounds Presentation Slides

Note: These slides are provided for programs to follow along with the Grand Rounds presentation video above. They have been carefully curated to be delivered in a specific way, so we recommend utilizing them in conjunction with the presentation video and not on their own. Alternatively, programs can request to have an ABS EPA Project Speakers Bureau representative present a Grand Rounds on EPAs at their institution using the link above.

The 18 General Surgery EPAs
  1. RLQ pain/Appendicitis *
  2. Benign or malignant breast disease
  3. Benign or malignant colon disease
  4. Gallbladder disease *
  5. Inguinal hernia *
  6. Abdominal wall hernia
  7. Acute abdomen
  8. Benign anorectal disease
  9. Small bowel obstruction
  10. Thyroid and parathyroid disease
  11. Dialysis access
  12. Soft tissue infection
  13. Cutaneous and subcutaneous neoplasms
  14. Severe acute or necrotizing pancreatitis
  15. Perioperative care of the critically ill surgery patient
  16. Flexible GI Endoscopy
  17. Evaluation/initial management of a trauma patient *
  18. Provide general surgery consultation *

* Initial EPA evaluated during 2018-2020 EPA Pilot

You can access a combined document that includes all 18 EPAs here.

Entrustable Professional Activities - Program FAQs

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about EPAs and the ABS EPA Project. We will continue to update and add to this document as we approach the launch of EPAs and beyond, so check back periodically to make sure that you have the most up-to-date version.

Frequently Asked Questions about EPAs

ABS EPA Program Timeline

The ABS has created a projected timeline for program engagement with the ABS EPA Project, which includes meetings and webinars, suggestions for activities that programs should consider, and an expected timeframe for the distribution of additional resources for implementation.

Projected Timeline for Program Engagement with ABS EPA Project

Implementation Checklists

The ABS has created separate checklists for programs and for residents to aid in the implementation of EPAs.

Program EPA Implementation Checklist

Resident EPA Implementation Checklist

ABS EPA Mobile Application


Quick facts about the ABS EPA Project

The collection of groups working behind the scenes to develop and launch EPAs

The 18 general surgery EPAs and their relation to a patient's anatomy

How EPAs can be used to support struggling residents

How residents can use EPAs to take charge of their surgical training

Learn More About EPAs

Video Highlights

Videos by our EPA experts explaining all the ins and outs of EPAs and how they will be implemented.

ABS EPA Project Website Links