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Shipper, E. S., Mazer, L. M., Merrell, S. B., Lin, D. T., Lau, J. N., & Melcher, M. L. (2017). Pilot evaluation of the Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics test. Journal of Surgical Research, 215, 211-218.

Pilot evaluation of the Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics test

Summary:

Of the 77 applicants applying for general surgery residency, 85% of respondents reported that completing the CASPer as a requirement for submitting a residency application would have no bearing or would them more likely to apply to the program. Applicants felt that the traditional method (i.e., panel of faculty members assessing the ERAS application) was more accurate but less objective than the CASPer while faculty members thought the CASPer would be more accurate and equally objective as the traditional methods. Using data from the 23 applicants who took the CASPer test, both the traditional assessment and the CASPer equally correlated with applicant rank (ρ = .45, p = .03; ρ = .41, p = .06).