Implementing entrustable professional activities: the yellow brick road towards competency‐based training?

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We describe our approach to implementing competency‐based postgraduate surgical training using an entrustable professional activities (EPAs) programme. The programme is an attempt to meet the requirements of patient care, trainees, supervisors, hospital administration and postgraduate surgical training organizations in Australia. It aims to improve patient outcomes by formalizing the delegation of workplace tasks, and also creating opportunities for additional teaching and feedback. The programme is designed to ensure feasibility and to limit demand on hospital resources. We discuss the benefits and potential areas for further development and programme assessment, during implementation in out‐hospital unit.
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