FAQs about the mobile platform for the ABS EPA Project
FAQs - ABS EPA Project Mobile Platform
EPAs will be managed and administered through a mobile application. Following a thorough review process, the ABS announced in September that it has selected the SIMPL Collaborative to provide the mobile platform for the ABS EPA Project.
The ABS is developing a suite of tools to support programs during implementation. These will include offerings of grand rounds, journal clubs, webinars, town halls, and 'on the go' videos to educate and support programs. Real time technical support will also be provided by the SIMPL Collaborative.
No. Programs may subscribe to the SIMPL OR platform directly with the SIMPL Collaborative through a direct subscription agreement, which is separate from and not included with the EPA platform package that the ABS will be providing. The ABS project will utilize a customized, 'next generation' version of the SIMPL Collaborative's assessment platform, which will be tailored specifically for the EPA assessment model.
The ABS will require all general surgery programs to begin using this assessment model with the class of residents entering training in July 2023. Development materials and support will be available by spring of 2023 to support and prepare programs for implementation. Beta testing of the mobile app interface will be done in the late winter/spring leading into 2023.
Data collected through the ABS EPA mobile app will be securely housed by the SIMPL Collaborative and owned at the individual program level. The ABS will ask only for overall utilization reports from the SIMPL Collaborative so that we can support programs in successful implementation. A composite report of an individual resident's progress on all EPAs will be requested from the resident as part of their Qualifying Exam application during their chief residency year.