Ins & Outs of Entrustable Professional Activities

An International Course – Washington, DC

The Ins and Outs of EPAs course Utrecht 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 course is targeted at educators in a leadership position, has been successfully conducted on location multiple times since 2018 and online since 2020. The course will be delivered in both formats in 2022, in an intensive, interactive form, supported by an expert faculty team, for groups of 20 (online) or 30 (on location).


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.

Washington, DC, USA – October 20-22, 2022

Hosted by the CENTILE, the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education at Georgetown University Medical Center

The Ins and Outs of EPAs course in Washington DC 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.

Course Content

  • Truths and Myths about EPAs
  • Development of EPAs and EPA-based curricula in UME and GME
  • Entrustment decision making as assessment of trainees
  • EPAs across the continuum of education and practice
  • Plenaries, discussions and parallel small group workshops


Accommodations are available onsite at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. After registration is confirmed, course participants will be sent instructions and a special link for room booking at a discounted rate


To register for the course, please complete the registration form in its entirety. You will receive an immediate email confirmation of your submission. A separate email confirmation of acceptance to the course will be sent within a week along with payment instructions and information on hotel accommodations.


Please contact H. Carrie Chen if you encounter any problems completing the registration.

On location (course fee 1100 euros)

Utrecht, the Netherlands, April 7-9, 2022; course director Dr.
Olle ten Cate, with an international faculty team

Washington DC, USA. October 20-22, 2022; course director Dr.
Carrie Chen, with an international faculty team

Online (course fee € 300.-; reduced fee for LMIC countries)
• February 4-8-11-15, 2022, with an international faculty team
• June 3-7-10-14, 2022, with an international faculty team
• September 2-6-9-13, 2022, with an international faculty team
• December 9-13-16-20, 2022, with an international faculty team

The courses include: General introduction of concepts, Curriculum
development for undergraduate and postgraduate education,
Assessment and entrustment decisions making, and Faculty
Development. The course on location is 2.5 consecutive days; the online
course consists of eight highly interactive modules of 1’15” hours each,
in sets of two, spread over 2 weeks. Please refer to
for more details and current information about locations, dates and
times, costs, programs, and faculty.

All 2022 Sites and Dates of the Course


Utrecht, Netherlands

April 7-9, 2022

Led by Dr. Olle ten Cate


Washington, DC

October 20-22, 2022

Led by Dr. Carrie Chen


Olle ten Cate, PhD

Olle ten Cate attended medical school at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and has spent his professional life from 1980 serving medical education. In 1986 he completed a PhD dissertation on peer teaching in medical education. Until 1999 he was closely involved with all of the University of Amsterdam’s major preclinical and clinical curriculum reforms, education research, program evaluation and educational development. In 1999 he was appointed full professor of Medical Education at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and program director of undergraduate medical education at University Medical Center Utrecht. From 2005 to 2017 he was founder and director of the Center for Research and Development of Education at UMCU. His research interests include curriculum development, peer teaching, competency-based medical education, and many other topics in health professions education. From 2006 until 2012 he served as president of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO).

H. Carrie Chen, MD, PhD

Dr. Chen is the Associate Dean of Assessment and Educational Scholarship and Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She received her Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and her Doctorate in Health Professions Education from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She has developed curricula and assessment programs and provided leadership for medical student, resident, and fellow education as well as continuing medical education and faculty development. Her research interests include workplace learning, workplace-based assessments including the use of entrustable professional activities (EPAs), and faculty skill development and support. 


  • Olle ten Cate PhD
  • Carrie Chen MD PhD
  • Robert Englander MD MPH
  • David Taylor MD MHPE
  • Claire Touchie MD MHPE
  • Jacqueline de Graaf, MD PhD
  • Josephine Boland, PhD
  • Bernissa Chia, MSc
  • Fremen Chou, MD
  • Steven Gauthier, MD
  • Adrian Marty, MD
  • Eric Meyer, MD
  • Mabel Yap, MD, MSc, MPH

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