The Goals of EPAC Are:
- Demonstrate the ability to advance learners based on competency from the beginning of the clinical years through board eligibility
- Demonstrate the role of a specialty-focused longitudinal integrated clerkship in this competency-based advancement
What makes a good EPAC Candidate?
- Certain about pediatrics as your specialty of choice
- Certain you wish to remain at the University of Minnesota to complete your training
- Interested in and excited about participating in a pilot project in medical education
- Excited about starting your clinical training in a longitudinal clerkship with a pediatric focus
- Ready to increase your level of responsibility based on your demonstrated ability
Discerning if EPAC is Right for YOU!
There are multiple opportunities for first and second year students at the University of Minnesota to discern specialty and programmatic interest for EPAC. We have designed a multi-level process that allows students to be as involved as they wish: EPAC Explore, EPAC Focus, and EPAC Match.
In this first phase of the program, EPAC Explore, we provide outreach through the Pediatric Interest Group, bimonthly EPAC interest group meetings, and suggest pediatric emphasis for the Service Learning Project.
In the second phase of the project, potential applicants are offered an opportunity to participate in the Summer Internship in Pediatrics (SIP), a zero-credit, 2-week elective during the summer hiatus between first and second year. They are also offered the option to participate in a second-year Foundations of Critical Thinking (FCT) group with a pediatric emphasis and facilitated by core EPAC faculty. Potential EPAC applicants are invited to attend an information session and tour of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital during the pediatric residency program’s interview season to familiarize themselves with the residency program.
The third phase begins once you are accepted into the EPAC program. Each of our 4 cohorts will consist of at most 4 students. The selection process occurs in late January. The first day of the longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) begins on / around June 1st. We are currently in our third year of EPAC and will be conducting our 4th selection process in January of 2018.