The Medical Application Programme is tailored to each individual student, and we only invite students who we feel will really benefit from the programme. Typically, students begin working with us up to two years before the application but can join us as late as the August results period immediately prior to submitting their application. The programme concludes when the applicant receives all responses from the universities to which they applied.
All support is tailored to your individual needs, but every typical programme will include the following foundational elements.
Upon joining the programme, you will be assigned a dedicated Educational Consultant who will support you throughout your journey toward getting into medical school, paying attention to your unique strengths and areas for development.
To help you increase your chance of admission, your medical application consultant will provide expert guidance at each stage of the application and be a constant support link for you. They will be responsible for managing your one-to-one mentoring programme and intensive tutoring for the BMAT/UKCAT tests, or if applying as a postgraduate, the appropriate entrance tests, MMI assessments and other medical interviews at our special events.
As well as your dedicated Educational Consultant, you will be paired with a mentor for the duration of the programme. Your mentor will be a Dukes Tutor who has studied your specific subject – such as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine or another area of the medical sciences.
Your mentor will work with you one-to-one through each element of the application, from drafting your Personal Statement, to helping you excel in your entrance tests. Your sessions with them will also help you develop the mature communications skills needed to deal with medical school interview questions.
Drawing on research, internal knowledge, individual universities’ admissions statistics and your preferences, we will compile a medical school list of universities we believe are best suited to you. For Oxford and Cambridge, we can also give expert guidance on college choices.
You will receive one-to-one tutorials with our test experts, have full access to our mock tests, and attend our courses for BMAT and UKCAT tests and our Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) Preparation Day.
Your mentor and our former medical Admissions Tutors will work closely with you to help you draft a strong medical school Personal Statement, ensuring that your points are correctly weighted to suit medical school requirements.
As part of the programme, you will receive specific communications-skills training with an NLP expert. This is invaluable not only for Medicine interviews for university, but for job applications later down the line. Your confidence and communications skills will grow steadily in your sessions with your mentor, and you will also have the opportunity to practice communicating with an array of different interviewers and interview styles at our interview practice events.
Our clients benefit throughout the programme from our substantial experience and research. Dukes Medical Applications is supported by an advisory board of doctors and former medical school Admissions Tutors – the best sources of insight into what the universities are looking for. This makes us one of the global leaders in medical schools admissions consulting.
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