C11 - Using the power of EPAs: Teaching and transforming practice


Organised by the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section in collaboration with the FIP Community Pharmacy Section, International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation and FIP’s Young Pharmacists Group)


Lucinda Maine (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, USA) and Derek Jorgenson (College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, Canada)


To many outside the profession, our education and practice remains a mystery. “Why does it take so long to graduate if all you do is move pills from a big bottle to little bottles?” is a question too many of us have tried to answer. This programme presents a relatively new construct referred to as “entrustable professional activities” (EPAs) for pharmacists. EPAs describe those activities pharmacists at various levels should be trusted to perform based on their education, postgraduate training, and practice experience. The speakers in this session will address the fundamentals of how EPAs have been developed in medicine and pharmacy and how they might be used to advance our goals of ensuring that the medication needs of individuals and populations are met by practitioners whose education and experience equips them to deliver services that can be trusted by society.

Building on the foundation provided by the EPA discussion, new approaches to experiential education will be explored. Unique experiential education settings, innovative clinical practices and the curricular redesign that is needed to support the development of the pharmacist needed in the future will be described. Novel experiential education strategies that respect cultural and ethnic differences, incorporate EPAs, and benefit both practising pharmacists and learners, will be highlighted and discussed during the active learning sessions.


14:30 – 14:35 Introduction by the chairs

  1. 14:35 – 15:00 The development and use of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) for the health professions
    Olle ten Cate (UCSF School of Medicine, USA and Center for Research and Development of Education University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands)
  2. 15:00 – 15:25 A description of how and why the EPAs were developed in the Netherlands and the USA
    Marnix Westein (KNMP, Netherlands)
    Amy Pittenger (University of Minnesota, USA)
  3. 15:25 – 15:50 Active learning: Pharmacists from other countries relate how EPAs are being developed and used
    Facilitated by Lucinda Maine (AACP, USA) and Amy Pittenger (College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, USA) 15:50 – 16:10 Coffee/tea break
  4. 16:10 – 16:35 Experiential education and practice transformation: An examination of how pharmacy schools in Canada have opened non-dispensing patient care clinics that are located within the schools
    Derek Jorgenson (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
  5. 16:35 – 17:00 Case study highlighting 10 years of internship development in Ghana, where experiential training initiatives focused on developing global communication skills and fostering cultural humility
    Kyle Wilby (Qatar University, Qatar)
  6. 17:00 – 17:25 Active learning where participants discuss:
    (1) how these experiential education initiatives could be scalable and transferable to attendees’ countries/regions; and
    (2) how EPAs could be incorporated into existing experiential education opportunities in their home country.
    Facilitated by Kyle Wilby and Derek Jorgenson

17:25 – 17:30 Conclusion by the chairs


Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss what EPAs represent in clarifying skills of a profession and levels of entrustment;
  2. Describe approaches in developing pharmacist EPAs;
  3. Identify ways EPAs shape curricular design and guide learner and programme assessment for various levels of students and practitioners;
  4. Describe strategies implemented in different countries to incorporate EPAs within innovative and novel experiential education settings.

Type of session: Application-based