Students pursuing a career in Medicine are choosing to embark on a lifelong journey of learning. Doctors attend hundreds of global conferences every year, with the General Medical Council (GMC) offering specific guidelines on responsible personal learning to medical doctors in the UK.
At Dukes Medical Applications, we believe that prospective medical students can benefit from these learning environments, just as a fully qualified medical doctor can. Choosing Medicine is, in most cases, choosing a whole lifestyle – a vocation. At the Young Person’s Medical Conference, you will have the opportunity to hear from qualified doctors in different specialties about their own reflections on the medical profession, its challenges, and how to become a doctor.
If you are interested in attending, our advice is to book a place with us early, as slots inevitably run out during the year.
The panel Q&A is an excellent opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your Medical applications.
Emma is a Cambridge graduate with degrees in Pre-Clinical and Clinical Medicine. Her passion is Palliative Medicine, but she has also worked in a variety of specialities including Gastroenterology, Care of the Elderly, Acute Medicine, General Practice, Vascular and General Surgery. She now uses her experience in Medicine and her time working with students on the Teach First programme, along with strong enthusiasm and dedication to help students become prepared and excel in Medical Applications and become successful applicants and doctors.
John is an Oxford graduate with honours in Biological Sciences and has a PGCE from Cambridge. 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. 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.
Nicola is a Cambridge graduate with 18 years of clinical experience. Nicola has extensive experience in guiding and teaching students throughout their academic lives which she has gained through her many supervisory roles. As well as being an admissions tutor for Cambridge, Nicola has worked closely with various students, providing support for the Clinical Medical students at Churchill College, as well as delivering teaching sessions in medical ethics to the third year students prior to their clinical training. She has written medical papers, blogs and presentations for clinicians and commercial clients, and will be able to pass on her applied knowledge to those students taking part in the conference.
Don graduated from Oxford in Medical Sciences, completing his studies at Imperial College, London where he undertook the clinical years of his degree. In 2017, he began his Foundation Year 1 at Watford General Hospital. He has mentored with Dukes Education for the past two years. 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.
Erin P. Fillmore is the current Head of Anatomy and Senior Lecturer at teh University of Buckingham Medical School. She has taught extensively in teh fields of Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, and Histology to stuents int he medical, dental, graduate, and undergraduate fields. in addition to teaching, Erin conducts educational based research including examining the anatomical competency of newly qualified doctors.
A passionate advocate for health engagement, Francis brings a fresh perspective to the sector and is a published thought-leader on the exciting frontier of Digitial Health. With a 25+ year career in leading medical device companies that serve many clinical areas, Francis is now helping create a new category of Wearable MedTech with the Kardia™ brand from AliveCor.
The Young Person’s Medical Conference runs from 9.30 until 15.30 on 24th June
You will meet medical professionals who will give you insights into studying and practising medicine. You will hear previous experiences, including what universities are looking for.
This session focuses on the importance of work experience, volunteering and picking the right university when applying to a medical course.
Students will see a real interview in action and analyse communication, structure and content of answers.
BMAT and UKCAT Admissions Tests
This session will look exclusively at the BMAT and UKCAT, giving students the opportunity to work through mock papers with our medical test experts.
Personal Statement Writing
Students will look at what to include in a personal statement and what makes a personal statement effective.
There will be a selection of exhibitors, including leading medical universities and work experience companies, who will be there for students to talk to and find out more about studying medicine and building their CV.
There will be a parent and teacher drop-in station open from 11.00 until 12.00 and 13.30 until 14.30 where parents, teachers and advisers have the chance to talk to our specialised consultants about how to best support students through their journey.
From discussing clinical cases and ethics to learning how to complete a surgical stitch, this session will intensify your passion to become a doctor.
In The Tribunal, you will file into a mock General Medical Council hearing. Holding the fate of a doctor’s career in your hands, you will interrogate and debate which decisions should have been made in a controversial case.
The GP Surgery
At The GP Surgery, armed with medical research tools and diagnostic equipment, it is your job to analyse patient complaints based on real clinical cases, and try to diagnose the cause of their suffering.
The Operating Theatre
Join us in The Operating Theatre, where you will roll up your sleeves, don a surgical gown and pair of plastic gloves, and learn to stitch up a wound under pressure.
The Ward Round
On The Ward Round, our consultants will test you on your bedside manner with difficult patients. Can you pick up the clues you need to in order to provide the best level of personal care?
The panel Q&A is an excellent opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your Medical applications. Panellists include John Wilson, lay member of the university admissions panel for medical school undergraduate entry at UCL and who has also performed this role at Imperial College and Queen Mary University, and Dr Emma Brierley, a Cambridge Medicine graduate who specialises in palliative care and strives to help students to pursue their passion and become doctors.
New Academic Building
London School of Economics
54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
The closest stations are Holborn for the Central and Piccadilly Lines, and Temple for the Circle and District Lines.
Southeastern trains operate through Blackfriars, which is approximately a 15-minute walk to Holborn. Thameslink services also operate in the nearby City Thameslink and Farringdon Stations.
There is limited parking space – we recommend arriving by tube, train, taxi or bus where possible.
Medicine is a highly competitive course, with some universities receiving 10 applicants for every place.
Lots of students struggle with their medicine personal statement structure, as it can be hard to know what to include, and what to place particular emphasis on.
Our downloadable BMAT Study Schedule runs through the calendar, covering the key dates for the BMAT, as well as guidance on what kind of preparation is most useful at which time.