Here is a very interesting article from today’s Globe and Mail. Written by James Bradshaw, it states: “In late October, the first 3,548 applicants to McMaster’s program took the Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics, or CASPer. With its advent, the school is putting less emphasis on students’ grades than ever before in an effort to groom better, more balanced doctors.”
To read the whole article, go here. What readers will find is that, although McMaster’s medical training admission criteria will depend less on grades (although it goes without saying that all students will need to be smart) and grade point averages, more emphasis will be put on an applicant’s problem-solving abilities, communications skills and cultural sensitivity. Not a bad thing when bedside manner is nearly as important as skills.