From Undergrad to Postgrad: Why Medical Residency Programs Choose CASPer®

We’ve discussed medical program admissions quite a bit on this blog, and the focus has largely been on undergraduate medical education (UGME). For this post, we’re turning our attention to a different, but also incredibly competitive kind of medical school selection: admissions for postgraduate…

How This MBA Student Found Her Passion — In Nursing

A career in healthcare was always of interest to Lauren Bentham. She envisioned herself becoming a clinical psychologist but, while pursuing her psychology major at Wilfrid Laurier University, she discovered the job would require a master’s degree and a PhD, and all the thesis…

In Search of Cultural Competency

Automatic soap dispensers that don’t recognize darker skin complexions. Photo retouching apps with tools designed to make skin lighter — and the user ‘hotter.’ Tagging algorithms that improperly tag non-Caucasian faces. This list of technological advancements that have baked-in cultural oversights could go on…

The Double-Edged Sword of Practice for Testing

The age-old cliché “Practice makes perfect” is one no student is a stranger to. Generally speaking, this is true for most tests; students tend to perform better the second time around (though this effect is often exaggerated). Oftentimes educators want to encourage their students…

4 Key Differences between CASPer® and the Multiple Mini-Interview

Research has found that CASPer® scores are moderately correlated with the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI), demonstrating that there are some similarities between the tools. In our last blog post, we highlighted how both tools utilize numerous independent observations of a single applicant to dilute the…

How McMaster University’s Nursing Program is Using CASPer®

CASPer® was developed and first implemented at the School of Medicine at McMaster University in 2010. Since then, its use has been extended to McMaster’s Bachelor of Nursing program, which is a collaborative program comprised of three sites: McMaster University, Mohawk College and Conestoga…

The Price of Admission to Medical School

The cost of medical school tuition is well known to be a huge burden on students. Averaging over $35,000 a year, this cost has only continued to rise with no sign of slowing down. Prior to paying tens of thousands of dollars for school,…