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Adding CASPer to the application process

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Hey everyone,

I saw on the College of Medicine website that the admissions committee is meeting on January 29th to make a final decision on wether CASPer should be added into the application process. My question to this is, do you think this would replace the MMI entirely or do you think this would be in addition to the MMI?

Not sure what to think considering the MMI is worth 50% of admission.

Interested to hear everyones thoughts!

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3 minutes ago, yesandno said:

It's funny how the CASPER is designed to screen out "weirdos", but in the reality you just fake it. Seriously, psychopaths are the ones who ace CASPER like nothing.

I think you'd be surprised at how some people answer to what you think are 'common sense' situations. I actually disagree that majority of CASPer is faking - in fact, I personally think that markers can sense if one is excessively cookie cutter. May not be everyone's experience but this is just my two cents. Sometimes being genuine (unless you are genuinely psychopath) might get you further than you think

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I don't know what they're trying to achieve by adding CASPer. Maybe it's another way to assess personality other than just MMI. But CASPer isn't going to add much, many of the type of questions you see in CASPer are very similar to the MMI. 

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The CASPer is being added as an additional layer of screening, in the same way that the U of S has used references, and will be used simply as a "rule-out" for people who score below a designated threshold.  It's become commonplace at the CaRMS/residency entry level, and has been used very successfully at the U of S for that purpose, so it's now being introduced for admissions.  We are also in the process of doing a complete admissions review, so expect more changes over the next few years.

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On 2/1/2020 at 12:43 PM, King74 said:

The CASPer is being added as an additional layer of screening, in the same way that the U of S has used references, and will be used simply as a "rule-out" for people who score below a designated threshold.  It's become commonplace at the CaRMS/residency entry level, and has been used very successfully at the U of S for that purpose, so it's now being introduced for admissions.  We are also in the process of doing a complete admissions review, so expect more changes over the next few years.

Interesting - thanks for the info. As we move along more and more these sorts of qualitative assessment methods are being added. I have to say it is an interesting change now that I have some longitudinal perspective on various admission processes. These techniques are now really well established, and the schools are finding utility in them (the MMI is certainly not a new thing now). 

 

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On 2/1/2020 at 11:43 AM, King74 said:

The CASPer is being added as an additional layer of screening, in the same way that the U of S has used references, and will be used simply as a "rule-out" for people who score below a designated threshold.  It's become commonplace at the CaRMS/residency entry level, and has been used very successfully at the U of S for that purpose, so it's now being introduced for admissions.  We are also in the process of doing a complete admissions review, so expect more changes over the next few years.

Would you be able to comment on the possible other changes coming in the next few years? 

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On 2/9/2020 at 11:27 AM, BarbellsAndBicarb said:

Would you be able to comment on the possible other changes coming in the next few years? 

@BarbellsAndBicarb I would love to, but I don't want to misinform.  We just had an "Admissions Retreat" about a week ago with 50+ stakeholders from across Saskatchewan and the College of Medicine.  The goal of the retreat was to try to help create a picture of what type of students we would like to attract/admit to the U of S and how we are going to get there.  It was a great session, and I am hopeful for the future of admissions, but I don't think I can say much outside of the fact that I expect we will end up with a more "holistic" approach in the future.  I expect it will be relatively slow process of change over the next 2-5 years. 

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