W05: Workshop - Infusing Clinical Informatics throughout Medical School Curricula: Digital Imperatives in the 13 core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA)

8:00 AM–12:30 PM May 19, 2020 (Conference Time: US - Pacific)

8:00 AM–12:30 PM May 19, 2020

708 - Sol Duc


Abstract: In this workshop, attendees will engage in a robust discussion around the intersection of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) and Clinical informatics. During this transformative time in U.S. healthcare, we must think broadly about how medical students are trained and assessed on inputting, interpreting, and extracting data to and from not just EHRs, but wearables, mHealth apps, telemedicine platforms, chatbots and other technologies. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has been piloting a competency-based approach to medical student education with the development of 13 core EPAs. Yet questions remain: Within each EPA, what are the specific competencies and behaviors that have technology-based imperatives? How can we standardize the approach to training and assessment in a vendor and institution agnostic manner?
Each of the core EPAs have specific behaviors and functions that require medical students to demonstrate critical thinking and clinical acumen in the context of modern health information technology. While most EPAs implicitly involve the use of technology, some explicitly reference health IT tools. For example, one of the competencies in EPA 8 (Give or receive a patient handover) involves explicit mention of updating an electronic handover tool.
This workshop will be a great opportunity for clinical informatics educators to share best practices on teaching and assessing medical students on the essential competencies they need to be entrusted with prior to starting residency. The output of this workshop will be a foundational framework for viewing the EPAs through a clinical informaticians’ lens. This discussion will then serve as a springboard for future work on developing and validating assessments of EPAs.

Describe the new knowledge and additional skills the participant will gain after attending your presentation.: Attendees will leave with a deeper appreciation for how, in this digital age, there are both implicit and explicit imperatives for medical students to be utilizing a wide range of technologies appropriately, effectively, professionally, and safely. The intent of our workshop is to help applied clinical informaticians learn about best practices that can help them advocate for a more sophisticated informatics curriculum (in contrast to the common misconception that a rudimentary walkthrough of where to click in an EHR is the limit of what is needed). We will provide attendees with a primer on the evolving role played by EPAs in Undergraduate Medical Education (UME). As such, workshop participants will walk away with a deep understanding of the innovative ways in which clinical informatics can and must be infused throughout the medical school curriculum.


Ashwini Davison (Presenter)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Paul Gorman (Presenter)
Oregon Health & Sciences

Jillian Zavodnick (Presenter)

Harold Lehmann (Presenter)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Soumya Panchanathan (Presenter)
University of Arizona