Utilities of Teaching EPAs: Expanding the scope of EPAs beyond clinical context
Keywords:entrustable professional activities, teaching competence, clinical teaching, teaching EPAs
IMPORTANCE Recently, entrustable professional activities (EPAs) have been reported for teachers. Since it is a novel approach, the spectrum of their utilities has so far remained unexamined. Supported by the literature, this manuscript aims to propose some potential utilities of teaching EPAs. Teaching EPA frameworks can be used to design structured faculty development programs for specific teaching roles. EPA-based faculty development programs can then provide practice opportunities to the teachers to transfer the training to their teaching practices. Teaching EPAs can also be used to assess whether teachers are ready to independently perform the desired teaching tasks. Teaching EPA frameworks can serve as a learning guide for the personal and professional development of the teachers. Finally, teaching EPAs can be used to credential the teachers and define their scope of teaching practice. Although EPAs hold multiple utilities for the teachers, program developers, and administrative bodies, their practical operationalization remains limited to date which could be attributed to their novelty.
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