The Fellowship Council (FC) Board of Directors is proposing a new competency-based educational model that focuses on attaining specific outcomes in fellowship training. The aim is to develop a unified approach to defining fellowship standards with broad support by all stakeholder societies (AHPBA, ASCRS, AHS, ASMBS, SAGES and SSAT) to:
- Provide a clear understanding of expected performance by defining Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for training and assessment. An EPA is simply a clinical activity that will be delegated to a fellow when they demonstrate sufficient competence. At the end of the fellowship, each fellow should be trusted to
- Facilitate uniform accreditation of fellowship programs
- Better align with North American General Surgery Residency training programs as they shift towards competency-based assessment frameworks.
- Assist Fellows and Program Directors in identifying gaps in learning to facilitate coaching
This new model emphasizes frequent work-place assessments in various settings. These short, focused evaluations provide feedback to the fellow regarding the level of supervision required in that specific clinical case. A Clinical Competency Committee then will then review all the assessments and ensure the fellow is progressing as expected.
The EPA assessment platform will be available for all Fellowship Council fellowships for the 2021-2022 fellowship cohort. As this is a new approach for many, this first year will be a transition time. It is anticipated that full implementation and the use of EPA assessments will be a program requirement beginning in the 2022-2023 fellowship year. More detailed information about EPAs can found here.
Programs and Fellows will have access to the EPA assessment platform August 1, 2021.
The Fellowship Council will hold a series of sessions to assist Program Coordinators set up their Administrative User and Contributing Faculty Member accounts. Program Coordinators are encouraged to participate in one of the following sessions.
Monday July 12, 2021, at 2pm Pacific, 4pm Central, 5pm Eastern
Thursday July 15, 2021, at 11am Pacific, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern
Tuesday July 20, 2021, at 9am Pacific, 11am Central, 12pm Eastern
Friday July 23, 2021, at 10am Pacific, 12pm Central, 1pm Eastern
The Fellowship Council will hold an EPA webinar in September to go over EPAs, the EPA assessment platform and the EPA submission process. Program Directors, Associate Program Directors, Coordinators, Contributing Faculty Members and Fellows are encouraged to participate. The webinar will be recorded and made available to programs following the session. Please use the link below to register:
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 3pm Pacific, 5pm Central, 6pm Eastern
If you have any questions, please contact the Fellowship Council Office at [email protected].
The Fellowship Council Education/Curriculum Committee