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Yingling, S., Park, Y. S., Curry, R. H., Monson, V., & Girotti, J. (2018). Beyond cognitive measures: Empirical evidence supporting holistic medical school admissions practices and professional identity formation. MedEdPublish, 7.

Beyond cognitive measures: Empirical evidence supporting holistic medical school admissions practices and professional identity formation

Summary:

Researchers were interested in examining how CASPer can add to other non-cognitive admissions measures collected at their institution (interview, Defining Issues Test, Professional Identity Formation). Based on a sample of two entering cohorts (n = 596), CASPer and in-person admissions interview ratings had significant positive correlations, suggesting that CASPer can contribute to effective screening processes. In addition, CASPer demonstrated statistically significant positive relationships with professional identity (CASPer and PIE, r=.10, p<.05) and a measure of moral reasoning (CASPer and DIT2 type indicator, r=.09, p<.05). Association between CASPer and PIE remained consistent, even after controlling for MCAT, interview, and GPA.