Competency-Based Education Across the UME-GME Continuum: The EPAC Program

Des Moines , IA US
February 8, 2018


Open to DMU faculty and staff only. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.

Series Description

The Winter 2018 IAMSE Web Seminar Series focuses on the current state of Competency-Based Education across the health professions and its future directions. The series begins with an overview of current assessment theories, tools and practices and explains how these have been adapted to better reflect learners’ attainment of competency within a competency-based framework. This is followed by a session that explores the relationship between memory and learning and describes strategies to better prepare and equip learners to achieve success within a competency-based framework. The AAMC Core EPA work group next provides an update on the integration of “entrustment activities and entrustment assessment tools” into a competency-based framework. The following presentation explores the benefits, challenges and outcomes of incorporating Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships (LICs) into competency-based medical education. The series closes with an appraisal of the Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum (EPAC) curriculum as a content-focused, “continuous” competency-based model that spans undergraduate and graduate medical education. Upon completion of this series, participants will be better able to describe the evolution of competency-based education in the health professions. Participants will also be able to identify opportunities within their own institutions for adopting and adapting a competency-based educational framework.

Webinar Description

This session will describe the Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum project (EPAC) which is sponsored by the AAMC and initially funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. In addition to describing the goals and structure of this educational initiative, the project’s assessment strategies and criteria for advancement to GME will be outlined. Project outcomes to date and ongoing work will be discussed as well.


Deborah E. Powell, MD
Dean Emerita and Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Powell joined the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2002 and served as Dean of the Medical School and Assistant Vice President for Clinical Affairs until July 1, 2009. Currently she is Dean Emerita, and Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. She is certified in Anatomic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. Dr. Powell is well-known nationally for her expertise in medical education. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Tufts University School of Medicine and of the Geisinger-Commonwealth Medical School and as Vice- Chair of the Senior Fellows Group of the Association of Pathology Chairs. She is an Associate Editor for Human Pathology. She recently served as a member of the LCME Council , the Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Department of Education’s National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation.. In 2013 she received the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education from the AAMC. She was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine in 2000.

Dr. Powell has served as a member of the National Institutes of Health Scientific Management Review Board, Chair of the Board of the Association of American Medical Colleges, past-president of the American Board of Pathology, past board member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and a past member of the board of trustees of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). She received her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency in pathology at Georgetown University Medical Center and the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Before joining the University of Minnesota, Dr. Powell was executive dean and vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Prior to that, she chaired the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
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Event starts: 
02/08/2018 - 11:00am CST
Event ends: 
02/08/2018 - 12:00pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Ryan Hall 181
Des Moines , IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


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  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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