Article from Boston Globe reporting on how the CASPer (Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) is used in selection to some medical schools.
Acceptance to medical school is notoriously difficult. You need to have an exceptional GPA and high Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores just to get an interview. Now, it’s getting even harder. Admissions officers have added a new kind of test to their screening arsenal, one that could change the face of medicine.
Since 2015, more than two dozen medical schools across the United States have embraced a test of interpersonal skills known as the CASPer (Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. The exam determines students’ levels of compassion and ethics — two qualities that many believe are critical to a physician’s success.
Developed at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, CASPer is the brainchild of Kelly Dore, a PhD in health research methods, and Dr. Harold Reiter, who sat on McMaster University’s medical school admissions committee.......