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Ins & Outs of Entrustable Professional Activities | An International Course

Ins & Outs of Professional Entrustable Activities

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Please email epa-course@queensu.ca



Canadian $1,500.00 /payable only when selected for program

Participants must be invited to register for the course after notification that their application has been successful.  To be waitlisted for registration email epa-course@queensu.ca. Please note travel and lodging are not included in the conference fee.


April 3-5 /2019

See below for information for discounted hotel rates and recommended accommodations




The Donald Gordon Centre /Kingston, Ontario, Canada

The Donald Gordon Conference Centre combines the amenities of a full service conference and event centre with the elegance and charm of Kingston’s historic limestone architecture.

Join experienced educators from all over the world!

The Ins and Outs of EPAs course is designed to provide experienced educators and individuals having roles in curriculum development, coordination, and faculty development with hands-on experience to conduct workshops and courses focused on EPAs.The three-day course has been successfully conducted in February 2018 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and will be delivered in a similar format at three locations at different times in 2019.
  • Singapore: January 9-10 2019; in conjunction w/ APMEC Conference. Course co-ordinator Dr. Dujeepa Samarasekera
  • Utrecht, the Netherlands: March 21-23, 2019; Course co-ordinator Dr. Olle ten Cate
  • Kingston, Ontario, Canada: April 3-5, 2019; Course co-ordinator Dr. David Taylor 
If you are interested in more information on the Queen's iteration of the course, or would like to be waitlisted for registration please email epa-course@queensu.ca 
On behalf of an international core team of facilitators: Olle ten Cate PhD, Carrie Chen MD PhD, Robert Englander MD MPH, Reinier Hoff MD PhD, Dujeepa Samarasekera MBBS MHPE, David Taylor MD MHPE, & Claire Touchie MD MHPE

Olle ten Cate, PhD

Olle ten Cate attended medical school at the university of Amsterdam in the 1970s and subequently was employed there as an educational advisor. He completed this PhD dissertation in 1986. In 1999 he was appointed as a professor of medical education at Utrecht University. From 2005 until 2017, he was Director the Center for Research and Development of Education at University Medical Center Utrecht. Since 2018 he is the Scientific Director of Education at UMC Utrecht. He was president of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education from 2006-2012. In 2017 he received the NVMO Han Moll Award and the J.P. Hubbard Award of the National Board of Medical Examiners of the US. Dominant in his current work is competency-based medical education with entrustable professional activities. 

Robert Englander, MD MPH

Bob Englander is currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He received his MD degree from Yale in1987, and a MPH from John Hopkins in 1999. Bob completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. From 1993-2002 Bob was at the University of Maryland, where his roles included Associate Director of the Residency Training Program and Director of Undergraduate Medical Studies forPediatrics. In 2002, Bob moved to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to be Director of Inpatient Services, Associate Residency Program Director (overseeing competency-based medical education), and Director of the Division of Hospital Medicine. From 2005-2011, he assumed the role of Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety. In 2011, Bob moved to the Association of American Medical Colleges to be the first Senior Director for Competency-based Learning and Assessment. Bob served as the project lead and one of the drafting panel members for the Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. Bob also served as a consultant to the American Board of Pediatrics on the development of EPAs for the specialty of Pediatrics.  

Claire Touchie, MD MHPE

Claire Touchie completed her MD (1990) and her internal medicine training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She did further training in Infectious and Medical Microbiology (1996) at Dalhousie University in Halifax. In 2013, she completed her Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2000, she moved to the University of Ottawa where she is now an Associate Professor of Medicine. Her focus is on Medical Education and the care of patients with HIV infection. Since January 2012, Claire is the Chief Medical Education Officer at the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and was the physician lead for the MCC’s Blueprint project which is transforming the national licensure examinations. She has recently co-led the Pan-Canadian EPA working group helping medical schools develop and implement entrustable professional activities for the transition between medical school and residency. Her involvement in faculty development includes leading the national course Principles of Assessment for the Continuum of Clinical Competence and as a past faculty member for Canadian Leadership Institute for Medical Education. Her medical education research interests include high-stakes assessments (including written, performance and workplace-based), entrustable professional activities and feedback. 

David Taylor, MD MHPE FRCPC

David Taylor is a general internist who trained at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and UCLA Medical Centre prior to joining the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University in Canada in 2011. He has served in various education roles at Queen’s, and is currently the Core Residency Program Director for Medicine. In addition, he recently completed the Master’s in Health Professions Education program at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has strong academic interests in both competency based education and leading organizational change. He participated in the team developing the Entrustable Professional Activities for undergraduate medical education in Canada. In addition, he led the Internal Medicine Specialty Committee at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in developing the EPAs for Internal Medicine residency training.  

Jacqueline de Graaf, MD PhD

Jacqueline de Graaf is an internist, program director of internal medicine and director of PGME at the Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. At the national level, she is the chair of the Dutch Council of Internal Medicine. In the last 4 years, Jacqueline has contributed and participated in several national projects which supported the development of EPA’s in all PGME’s. She has trained multiple groups of staff members and residents to work with EPA's in clinical practise. Jacqueline has been the chair of the National Internal Medicine Committee who developed the EPA’s for internal medicine. The committee performed an EPA pilot project in 15 hospitals over the course of 12 months which helped them tremendously as they learned from each other and involved everybody. Jacqueline participated in the first international EPA course last year. 

  • Truths and myths about Entrustable Professional Activities
  • Development of EPAs and EPA-based curricula in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical Education
  • Entrustment decision making as assessment of trainees
  • EPAs across the continuum of education and practice
  • ​Plenaries, discussions and parallel small group workshops.

The Ins and Outs of EPAs course is designed to provide experienced educators and individuals having roles in curriculum development, coordination, and faculty development with hands-on experience to conduct workshops and courses focused on Entrustable Professional Activities.

A room block has been reserved for this conference at the Delta Waterfront Kingston Hotel.  Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $139.00 per night.  Please use this special link to book your stay by March 4, 2019.

Did you know Kingston has one of the highest restaurants per capita of any Canadian city?  

Check out these local, homegrown favourites:


Indian Curry Original 
Canadian Aqua Terra
Thai & Cambodian Aspara Angkor 

Atomica Pizza & Wine Bar

Casa Domenico

Wooden Heads

Rustic Spud

Surf & Turf Dianne’s Fish & Smokehouse 
Spanish Fusion Tango Nuevo 
Japanese  Sima Sushi 
German/Austrian Amadeus Café
Greek Grecos


To plan your bus trip, use the City trip planner by clicking here!

  • The buses that travel from downtown Kingston and pass the conference centre are: #1, #2 & #18

  • The bus fare is $2.75 one way

Get a fare estimate here using Uber Kingston. Download the free Uber app instantly on your iOS device

Amey's Taxi can be reached by dialing 613.546.1111.  Click here for taxi fare estimates using their desktop app.

  • Please note that you should not be paying more than $10 CDN for one trip from downtown to the conference centre

To rent a car, we recommend using this special link curated by Enterprise Car Rentals to recieve a Queen's University discount rate. 

Don't let your visit pass by without experiecing The Limestone City!  

Kingston boasts vibrant creative arts and cultural communities - and is proud of its significant role in Canadian history, preserved in its internationally-recognized heritage assets. Check out what's going on at visitkingston.ca.

Downtown Kingston is home to a plethora of culture and there promises to be something for everyone.  Let our culture map tell you more!

Our personal recommendations include: Fort Henry, Penitentiary Tours, Thousand Islands Cruise, & Bellevue House National Historic Site 

Entrustable Professional Activities or "EPAs" as they are commonly known have become an significant component of the design of competency-based education in health professions education. Many postgraduate medical programs and increasingly undergraduate medical programs worldwide are redesigning education and assessment procedures to incorporate EPAs in clinical training. Other health professions have explored the possibilities to use EPAs in their programs, such as nursing, physician assistant, veterinary medicine, midwifery, pharmacy, physical therapy and dentistry training.

Identifying suitable EPAs and finding consensus, adapting the objectives and programs of training, implementing new routines for education in the workplace, using entrustment decision making as an assessment approach, and faculty development to get everyone on board all require a deep understanding of the EPA concepts and skills and a toolkit of workshops and presentations, to be used at local schools and institutions.

An International Success

  • "I plan to put the materials to great use here in my institution"

  • "We have learned much from the workshops and interactions with the international panel and users and are much more confidence now in implementing EPAs for our medical and nursing professionals"

  • "I've learnt so much and enjoyed hearing from everyone"

  • It was well run and I appreciate all of the hard work you and others put in. This will be very helpful for my program and my career!"

Small group learning invites increased opportunities for feedback

Focused, intentional break-out groups are a cornerstone of this collaborative course


Free parking is available and plentiful at the Donald Gordon Centre