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EPAs for General Surgery

The ABS EPA Project first began with general surgery, which launched in July 2023, and is now in development for the other ABS specialties.

EPAs and General Surgery Residents

An EPA composite profile will be required during QE application

All applicants to the 2028 General Surgery Qualifying Exam (GSQE) will be required to turn in a composite profile across all EPAs when they apply for the exam. In order to assist trainees in developing a robust composite profile, every resident should be assessed on every rotation.

All program faculty should be trained to function as assessors to promote reliability and validity of the assessment. While the requirement for an EPA profile as part of the ABS GSQE application process will not occur until 2028, use of EPAs for residents at all PGY-levels to promote consistent habits of meaningful assessment and feedback, and to provide other assessment economies, is strongly encouraged as a best practice strategy.

For more details and information about EPA development, implementation, evaluation, and more, please review our FAQs.

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.
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