Entrustable Professional Activities for Pathology: Recommendations From the College of American Pathologists Graduate Medical Education Committee

Cindy B. McCloskey, Ronald E. Domen, Richard M. Conran, Robert D. Hoffman, Miriam D. Post, Mark D. Brissette, Dita A. Gratzinger, Patricia M. Raciti, David A. Cohen, Cory A. Roberts, Amyn M. Rojiani, Christina S. Kong, Jo Elle G. Peterson, Kristen Johnson, Sue Plath, Suzanne Zein Eldin Powell

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Competency-based medical education has evolved over the past decades to include the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Accreditation System of resident evaluation based on the Milestones project. Entrustable professional activities represent another means to determine learner proficiency and evaluate educational outcomes in the workplace and training environment. The objective of this project was to develop entrustable professional activities for pathology graduate medical education encompassing primary anatomic and clinical pathology residency training. The Graduate Medical Education Committee of the College of American Pathologists met over the course of 2 years to identify and define entrustable professional activities for pathology graduate medical education. Nineteen entrustable professional activities were developed, including 7 for anatomic pathology, 4 for clinical pathology, and 8 that apply to both disciplines with 5 of these concerning laboratory management. The content defined for each entrustable professional activity includes the entrustable professional activity title, a description of the knowledge and skills required for competent performance, mapping to relevant Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Milestone subcompetencies, and general assessment methods. Many critical activities that define the practice of pathology fit well within the entrustable professional activity model. The entrustable professional activities outlined by the Graduate Medical Education Committee are meant to provide an initial framework for the development of entrustable professional activity–related assessment and curricular tools for pathology residency training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAcademic Pathology
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017



  • Milestones
  • anatomic and clinical pathology
  • assessment
  • competency-based feedback
  • entrustable professional activities (EPAs)
  • medical education
  • resident training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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