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EPAs for Vascular Surgery

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for vascular surgery will launch in the fall of 2024.

EPAs and Vascular Surgery Trainees

An EPA composite profile will be required during QE application

All applicants to the 2029 Vascular Surgery Qualifying Exam (VSQE) 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 VSQE application process will not occur until 2029, use of EPAs for trainees 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.

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.
Vascular Surgery EPAs Timeline

Follow along as the launch of Vascular Surgery EPAs approaches

In the months leading up to the launch of vascular surgery EPAs, the ABS will be hosting webinars and offering additional resources to help prime all training programs for the launch this fall. Dates will be announced soon, but please reference this timeline in the meantime to see which events you are interested in attending.

Prepare for the launch of vascular surgery EPAs

What members of the vascular surgery community are saying

Why is the change to EPAs needed and what do these changes mean for trainees and faculty? Members of the vascular surgery community share their views on why EPAs are a valuable education tool.

Performing assessments in the app

Vascular EPAs will be assessed in the ABS EPA App

See the latest updates to the ABS EPA app in this recent webinar. The vascular surgery EPA suite will be available in the app when implementation begins later this year.

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ABS EPA App Totals

EPAs by the numbers

The implementation of general surgery EPAs began on July 1, 2023. Since then, trainees and staff have been using the ABS EPA app to create and complete assessments. The data below shows the most current EPA numbers.  (Data as of December 31, 2023.) 

Total Completed Assessments
Total Users Created 1 or More Assessment
EPA Publications
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