PhD-Title: «Identifying and Implementing Entrustable Professional Activities to improve Old Age Psychiatry Residency Training»

The purpose of this research project is to investigate needs and requirements for an EPA-based curriculum in Old Age Psychiatry in Switzerland, to identify a set of EPAs specifically for old age psychiatry and to develop assessment methods of some of the identified EPAs. With the proposed studies, we expect to have a foundation to further develop a competency-based curriculum for residency training in old age psychiatry in terms of residents’ achievement of learning outcomes, improving patient safety and patient care quality.


The overarching aim of this PhD is to investigate the residents needs in Old Age psychiatry, to develop EPAs for a competency-based curriculum in Old Age psychiatry and to implement assessment and teaching methods for the identified EPAs.


PhD student: Seraina Lerch (IML)
PhD Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Sören Huwendiek, MME (IML)
Co-Supervisor: Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Klöppel
Co-Referee: Prof. Dr. med. Mathieu Nendaz
Further Supervisor: Dr. med. Severin Pinilla, M. Ed. (IML)


University Hospital of Old Age Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Bern, Graduate School for Health Sciences Bern

Project information

Running time: 2020 – 2022