Our dedicated Medicine education consultants perform our annual research, select and train our tutors, and oversee our clients’ full applications.
Medical Consultant & Writer
Nicola Smith is one of our expert medical advisors, who works with us to ensure we prepare our students for the life of a doctor. Nicola is a Cambridge graduate, with 18 years of clinical experience. She was a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon in Cambridge for 6 years before turning to medical education as a tutor and medical writer, living with her family in France. For 5 years, Nicola was a Clinical Director of Studies for a Cambridge College, helping and guiding students through their clinical training. In this role she was also part of the admissions team interviewing medical applicants. She brings her wide range of experience, along with a passion for teaching and mentoring future doctors, to her role with Dukes Medical Applications.
Dukes Medical Applications Tutor
Don has mentored with Dukes Education for the past two years. Don is undertaking his Foundation Year 1 at Watford General Hospital, having qualified from his final year of clinical study at Imperial College London, in 2017. Previously, Don graduated from Oxford in Medical Sciences. As a mentor, Don has worked on dozens of events to support students to achieve their goal of studying Medicine and becoming a doctor. He is currently exploring a range of specialisms, but is particularly interested in Psychiatry.
John is a graduate of the Queen’s College, Oxford, having studied Biological Sciences. John has spent a significant proportion of his career as an adviser to students in the UK and throughout the world on making the best possible university choice and the strongest possible application. Having attained a PGCE in secondary science from Cambridge University, he is also a qualified and experienced teacher of Biology and Science, specialising in Sixth Form education at A Level. John is a lay member of the university admissions panel for medical school undergraduate entry at UCL and has also performed this role at Imperial College and Queen Mary University. As such, John supports the rest of the team at Dukes Medical Applications to understand the admissions process for top UK universities and how we can support our students to succeed at interview.
Familiarise yourself with BMAT questions. Our sample questions on this page are typical of the kind of questions you will face when sitting the BMAT.
MMIs are a series of short exchanges or tasks that are designed to test your skills and attitude. They are short practical assessments, usually less than 10 minutes each, broken up into ‘stations’
Use Dukes Medical Applications’ handy brainstorming resource to start to plan your own medical school personal statement, to help with structure as well as content.