Quality training in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition is critical for our specialty’s future, from scientific advancement to clinical treatment for children with gastrointestinal, hepatic, and nutritional problems. With the progress of educational theory, both the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) have commissioned projects to better define training, including key skills and milestones, with the objective of the competency-based evaluation. In order to offer a clinical context for these abilities and milestones, the ABP commissioned a project for each pediatric subspecialty to establish entrustable professional activities (EPA), as well as EPAs that are common to all pediatric subspecialties. The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition formed an EPA Task Force to create EPAs for pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition.
This paper provides an overview of EPAs, including its historical context, underlying educational philosophy, and the method utilized to produce pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition EPAs in the United States.