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Narrative Performance Level Assignments at Initial Entrustment and Graduation: Integrating EPAs and Milestones to Improve ... Assessment

Schumacher DJ, Schwartz A, Zenel Jr JA, Black NP, Ponitz K, Blair R, Traba CM, Poynter S, King B, Englander R, Rosenberg A, Patel D, Smith-King C, O'Connor M, Del Rey JG, Lavoie S, Borman-Shoap E, Carraccio C, APPD, LEARN GP EPA Study Group
Academic Medicine
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To determine which narrative performance level for each general pediatrics EPA reflects the minimum level clinical competency committees (CCCs) felt should be associated with graduation as well as initial entrustment and compare the narratives associated with the expected narrative performance levels (ENPLs) for each EPA with actual narrative performance levels (ANPLs) assigned to residents at initial entrustment.

A series of 5 narratives, corresponding to the 5 milestone performance levels, were developed for each of the 17 general pediatrics EPAs. In AY 2015-2016, the CCCs at 22 Association of Pediatric Program Directors Longitudinal Educational Assessment Research Network member sites reported ENPLs for initial entrustment and at time of graduation. From AYs 2015-2016 to 2017-2018, programs reported ANPLs for initial entrustment decisions. ENPLs and ANPLs were compared using a logistic mixed effects model.

ENPLs for graduation and entrustment were most often level 3 (competent) followed by level 4 (proficient). For 8 EPAs, the ENPLs for graduation and entrustment were the same. For the remaining 9, some programs would entrust residents before graduation or graduate them before entrusting them. There were 4,266 supervision level reports for initial entrustment for which an ANPL was provided. ANPLs that were lower than the ENPLs were significantly more likely to be assigned to the medical home - well child (OR = 0.39; 95% CI: 0.26-0.57), transition to adult care (OR = 0.43; 95% CI: 0.19-0.95), behavioral or mental health (OR = 0.36; 95% CI: 0.18-0.71), make referrals (OR = 0.31; 95% CI: 0.17-0.55), lead a team (OR = 0.34; 95% CI: 0.22-0.52), and handovers (OR = 0.18; 95% CI: 0.09-0.36) EPAs.

CCCs reported lower ENPLs for graduation than for entrustment for 5 EPAs, possibly indicating curricular gaps that milestones and EPAs could help identify.