EPA Resources

Faculty development materials and key guides and videos about Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for programs and trainees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your most commonly asked questions about EPAs

Browse our EPA FAQs, where we answer the most commonly asked questions about EPAs. This document is updated regularly to reflect where we currently are in the implementation phase.

Grand Rounds

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.

General Surgery EPAs

Read all 18 General Surgery EPAs and their full descriptions

Each EPA has a full description and includes the associated functions and behaviors that will be evaluated for general surgery:

RLQ pain/Appendicitis (GS EPA)

Evaluation and management of a patient with RLQ pain and appendicitis.
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Benign or malignant breast disease (GS EPA)

Evaluation and management of a patient with benign or malignant breast disease.
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Benign or malignant colon disease (GS EPA)

Evaluation and management of a patient with benign or malignant colon disease.
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Gallbladder disease (GS EPA)

Evaluation and management of a patient with gallbladder disease.
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Implementation Phase Tools

Program implementation checklists

The ABS has created an implementation checklist for programs, as well as a separate checklist for trainees to follow.

EPA Implementation Checklist – For Programs

A checklist designed for programs specifically to aid in the implementation of EPAs.

EPA Implementation Checklist – For Trainees

A checklist designed for residents specifically to aid in the implementation of EPAs.
ABS EPA Mobile Application

How to use the ABS EPA App

Learn how to create and complete an EPA assessment and how to bulk upload faculty and trainee profiles into the admin website for EPAs in the short videos below.


Visuals for assisting with EPA implementation

The following infographics and how-to guides are designed to assist programs and trainees in understanding EPAs and how to implement them.

The ABS EPA Project

Quick facts about the ABS EPA Project.

EPA Project Ecosystem

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

General Surgery EPAs Anatomy Visual

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

Using EPAs to Support Struggling Residents Infographic

How EPAs can be used to support struggling residents by creating a shared language and a space for constructive...

How to Use EPAs to Take Charge of Your Training Infographic

An infographic detailing how residents can use EPAs to take charge of their surgical training.

ABS EPA App User Guide

A step-by-step guide on how to use the ABS EPA App to complete an EPA assessment.

ABS EPA Development Flowchart

A detailed look at the process for developing EPAs, from developing the Scope Council to defining and writing EPAs,...
Essential Videos

Videos to aid in training faculty in the use of EPAs

From implementation to the completion of microassessments, these video series will help to familiarize faculty with the EPA assessment model. The “Train the Trainer” video series highlights EPA experts explaining all the ins and outs of EPAs and how they will be implemented, and the “Frame of Reference Training” series walks viewers through the process of performing EPA microassessments for several of the general surgery EPAs.

Additional Video Resources

Curated playlists for programs and trainees

The following library of videos is designed to provide programs and trainees with an easy spot to find and watch video resources to aid in the understanding and implementation of EPAs.

What problem are EPAs addressing?
How will residents benefit from EPAs?
How will faculty benefit from EPAs?
Why now? EPAs as an improvement over prior models.
How were the EPAs developed and who created them?
EPAs representing what surgeons already do each day
EPAs and faculty workload
EPAs facilitating better communication
The collaborative nature of the EPA Project
How do EPAs work? Developing a shared mental model
Diversity of thought and dissenting voices in the EPA development process
Will EPAs make a difference?
Will EPAs have an impact on bias within the assessment process?