New guidelines from the Association of American Medical Colleges


“What every New Resident should be expected to perform on Day 1 of residency without direct supervision, regardless of specialty”

Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency

  1. Gather a history and perform a physical examination.
  2. Prioritize a differential diagnosis following a clinical encounter.
  3. Recommend and interpret common diagnostic and screening tests.
  4. Enter and discuss orders and prescriptions.
  5. Document a clinical encounter in the patient record.
  6. Provide an oral presentation of a clinical encounter.
  7. Form clinical questions and retrieve evidence to advance patient care.
  8. Give or receive a patient handover to transition care responsibility.
  9. Collaborate as a member of an interprofessional team.
  10. Recognize a patient requiring urgent or emergent care and initiate evaluation and management.
  11. Obtain informed consent for tests and/or procedures.
  12. Perform general procedures of a physician.
  13. Identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement.


There is a full description of each EPA in the PDF below.

Source: Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency 



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