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Posts by Robert Astroff

Sample CASPer® Question: Conflict Resolution

Read the prompt.  Then answer the questions in 5 minutes! PROMPT:  Effective conflict resolution is a key skill that many professionals possess. QUESTIONS: Describe a situation when you had a conflict with someone. How did you resolve it? How does having a conflict with an authority figure differ from having a conflict with one of your…

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Sample CASPer® Question: GPA and MCAT

Read the prompt.  Then answer the questions in 5 minutes! PROMPT:  Consider this statement: An applicant’s GPA and MCAT score are the most important factors in gaining admission into medical school. QUESTIONS: Briefly discuss your opinion regarding this statement. Which other factors, if any, are important when applying to medical school? Some people suggest that an…

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Sample CASPer® Question: North American Ice Storm

Consider a video prompt around the following scenario. Read the prompt.  Then answer the questions in 5 minutes! PROMPT:  In December 2013, just days before Christmas, the North American ice storm left over one million residents without power. In Canada, the City of Toronto was one of the hardest hit by the ice storm. At one…

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Sample CASPer® Question: Cheating on an Exam

Consider a video prompt around the following scenario. Read the prompt.  Then answer the questions in 5 minutes! PROMPT:  You are a university student and you are writing a final exam when you notice the student sitting in front of you glancing repeatedly at his neighbour’s paper without them noticing. The proctors fail to notice as…

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Sample CASPer® Question: Gentleman with Severe Dementia

Consider a video prompt around the following scenario. Read the prompt.  Then answer the questions in 5 minutes! PROMPT:  A doctor is managing a 70-year old gentleman with severe dementia, and she has been in direct communication with the patient’s family. The doctor is becoming frustrated with the family for not helping to remind the patient…

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Sample CASPer® Question: Excellent Buy Electronics Store

Consider a video prompt around the following scenario. Read the prompt.  Then answer the questions in 5 minutes! PROMPT:  You are working at an electronics store, Excellent Buy Electronics, and helping a customer choose a television. The man is insulting his female partner – telling her that she is stupid and never does anything right and…

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Sample CASPer® Question: Sigmund Freud Quote

Read the prompt.  Then answer the questions in 5 minutes! PROMPT:  Sigmund Freud wrote, “The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.” QUESTIONS: What does this quote mean to you? Discuss the importance of truth telling and honesty in medicine. Describe a…

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Sample CASPer® Question: Family Member Acting as an Interpreter

Consider a video prompt around the following scenario. Read the prompt.  Then answer the questions in 5 minutes! PROMPT:  A family member is acting as an interpreter as you get consent for a procedure for your patient. You are suspicious that the interpreter is not fully translating what you are saying with respect to the risks…

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Sample CASPer® Question: Law Firm’s Facebook Page

Consider a video prompt around the following scenario. Read the prompt.  Then answer the questions in 5 minutes! PROMPT:  The law firm you work for has a Facebook page, and one of your clients “likes” the page, allowing her to post on the page’s wall. She then posts what you think is private information about her…

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Sample CASPer® Question: Routine Vaccines

Consider a video prompt around the following scenario. Read the prompt.  Then answer the questions in 5 minutes! PROMPT:  You see an 18 month old girl for her regular visit, which includes routine vaccines. Her mother announces that she doesn’t want to have her daughter vaccinated because she has heard on television that vaccines lead to…

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