An article recently published in the JAOA describes the rationale and process used to develop AACOM’s Osteopathic Consideration for Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency. The article, titled "Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency: Establishing Common Osteopathic Performance Standards in the Transition From Medical School to Residency," identifies the challenges that must be overcome to effectively assess the entrustment level of EPAs for osteopathic medical school graduates.
History of AACOM’s Involvement in Entrustable Professional Activities
In early 2014, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) approved an agreement to transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) by July 2020. Part of the transition to a single accreditation system includes fully recognizing and incorporating osteopathic distinctiveness and osteopathic milestones in competency-based assessment.
In order to implement best practices for teaching medical students during the transition, AACOM published the Osteopathic Consideration for Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency in April of 2016. This publication describes the distinct clinical skills that osteopathic medical students must be able to competently perform when beginning their residency.