My work experience, facilitated by DreamSmartTutors, was truly an eye opener as to what the daily practices of a doctor are but also how, as a whole, different people within the NHS work as a team. By shadowing GPs I found out the day-to- day work of a doctor, which seemed to changed everyday due to the type of patients and symptoms that needed to be addressed and cared for. It was interesting to see how doctors and nurse practitioners were immediately thrown in at the deep end to attempt to find out what is wrong with a patient in such a shot time slot. However, I also saw the passion of why they helped people, acknowledging the privilege to care for others and understanding that you have to be very committed and essentially ‘married’ to medicine. Overall, this experience has given me this undeniable drive to become a doctor and determined, however possible, to one day walk in their shoes.
All Saints Catholic School worked with DreamSmartTutors for the first time, during 2018. It was a revelation as the students were guided and supported in their applications, which also included Oxbridge applicants. Their confidence grew and it was clear to me that they found the sessions engaging, fun and informative. As a result, more students have joined the programme again this year.
DreamSmartTutors not only gave me a valuable insight of the career of a doctor (and a medical student) but prepared me for the critical journey I had ahead. Their guidance aided me in my application helping me with my personal statement, interviews and giving me tips for my UCAT. I recommend DreamSmartTutors to all prospective medical students for their friendly and professional approach and I am thankful for all their help, I can’t wait to use their skills at medical school this September.
I had the absolute honour of hosting Patrice in a widening participation / higher education event which was part of a Careers Themed Week titled ‘Have you ever thought about becoming a….’ Patrice delivered a workshop called ‘Pathway to Medicine’. The workshop was phenomenal, Patrice spoke to to 50, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 students, she detailed her academic journey, the reason she chose medicine, study tips for the coming exams, how to change your mindset and a number of other thought provoking topics. Patrice held the students attention for the whole workshop. Thank you very much for giving our students a meaningful encounter with an employer Dr Baptiste, you are an incredible woman and you are doing fantastic work.
Dear Dr Patrice Baptiste,
Re: RCGP Inspiring the Future Awards
Congratulations on your nomination for the Discover General Practice Champion Award as part of the Royal College of General Practitioner’s 2018 Inspiring the Future Awards. We are writing to share a personal note of appreciation for the contribution you have made in the College’s pursuit to inspire tomorrow’s GPs.
You were put forward for the award to recognise your contribution to the future of general practice. As we know all too well, we need to better support pupils, students and foundation doctors to consider a career in general practice. Without your tireless time and help, ideas and enthusiasm, the RCGP would not be able to support and inspire the next generation of GPs, and for that we are incredibly grateful to you.
The pupils, students and foundation doctors that you engage are the future of medicine and the future of our profession. With your help, we hope that we can continue to provide opportunities for these groups to discover the endless possibilities that a career in general practice can offer.
The College wishes to better support, equip and recognise its members that give their time and energy to inspire others and, as a result, we will continue to develop tools, resource and opportunities in order to support the work that you do.
We would like to thank you once again for your support and hope that you can accept our appreciation and endorsement for the work that you do.
Hi Dr. Baptiste,
Yes! I’ve got an offer from Brighton and Sussex Medical School and I’ve put down Biomedicine at Kings as my insurance.
Your course was helpful and it really boosted my confidence as I was’t really aware of the good aspects of my communication skills which were really important for my actual interview. On top of this, I learned that I have to work on my eye contact, amoungst other things, which I something that I was consciously aware of during my actual interview. The most useful part of the course was definitely the interview practice rounds.
Dear Patrice, I was a work-experience student who shadowed you during your first week at Whipps Cross Hospital in 2013. You looked through my personal statement and gave me some really useful tips for which, till this day, I am incredibly grateful. I was looking through my old e-mails (which make for a great source of procrastination) and thought I’d contact you to tell you how I’ve been getting on, five years down the line. After finishing my A2 levels in 2014, I entered Barts where I’m now a fourth year medical student. I completed an intercalated BSc in Neuroscience last year so I’ve got two years to go (fingers crossed).
One of my friends, is the graphic designer for the Rums Review and earlier today he sent me past editions that he had designed. I noticed that you were featured in the ‘life after medical school’ section and alarm bells started to ring. I felt I had to e-mail you to thank-you, once again, for all your support and encouragement.
Please continue to inspire and keep in touch. I hope you are still as funny, though less stressed, than that first week on the wards.
Wishing you all the best, Patrice.
With best wishes,
During Patrice’s medical training she came into school to encourage students to take up medicine and explain what was involved. Since graduating she has been an invaluable asset to the school in helping to widen students’ horizons by arranging talks and presentations from both herself and other young professionals in various fields. She is dedicated to helping young people succeed. We hope to continue and broaden our relationship with Patrice.
Patrice gave an outstanding and engaging talk to a number of our students. Students enjoyed her session and found it enjoyable, interesting and informative. Patrice also answered their many questions afterwards, and we are very appreciative of her time. We look forward to working with her again in the future.
Patrice came to Frederick Bremer School to speak to our Year 11 pupils about going into medicine. As Patrice is a qualified doctor, she was able to give valuable information to our pupils regarding the routes that are available to get into the field of medicine. The students were granted the opportunity to ask questions regarding the excellent profession that Patrice is currently in. It’s not often that someone in the medical field comes into a school to give a talk about a career in medicine so we were incredibly grateful to have Patrice at our school. Coming from an inner London school, Patrice is very much an inspiring young lady who is incredibly determined and that was evident through her presentation. Patrice explained to me that she believes it is important to give back to the youth of today; in the hope that they may feel empowered and encouraged to follow a career path in medicine or any other profession. She reminded the students that with hard work and a great deal of willpower, virtually anything is possible!
My pupil wants to become a doctor and after having a conversation with Dr. Patrice about medicine as a profession she felt that her questions had been answered and now she feels more motivated to become one. She also found Dr. Patrice very friendly, enthusiastic about her job and very inspirational. I am sure that my pupil will never forget this experience as this is the first time she had an opportunity to freely talk and ask questions about medicine to a doctor. I am very pleased and grateful that Dr. Patrice happily contributed to her experience.
I am greatly impressed with what you are setting out to do in order to assist students from non-academic backgrounds to access medical schools in this country. It has always been considered the territory of a certain class of student and many capable ones have not even attempted to gain a place in medical schools or have been put off by relative competition…It is good to see a young doctor recognising the problem of others and proposing to outreach to schools and individuals who might otherwise want to study medicine but do not know where to turn for advice. This is very encouraging for those concerned and I wish it had been available when I was applying for a place in this, for me, uncharted territory!
Entrance into medical school is very competitive and it can be hard for students to know exactly what to do to make themselves stand out. Furthermore it can be hard to get work experience and the right types at that. Speaking to doctors and med students can help them when deciding if Medicine is right for them. So, I would definitely recommend attending these courses to students if they plan on applying to medical school and becoming doctors!
Patrice gave an engaging talk to our sixth form to help focus them with their UCAS application. She gave good careers advice for students and was open to students questions.
Patrice is an excellent speaker. She is very professional and she provided an insightful presentation which really engaged all the listeners that were present. I believe she has a phenomenal story that will help to change people’s lives particularly the younger generation and women. She is highly recommended and would add real value to any event!
I now know how to prepare when applying to medical school.
I liked the fact that we had doctors come in to tell us what they do.
The course was divided into specific sections which made it clear to understand every step needed to successfully apply to medical school.
I would definitely recommend this course as it gave me a head start when applying to medical school!
I really enjoyed the course because not only was it well structured, but it was informative- I learnt about the entry requirements, career path and life of a doctor.
The range of medics we interacted with allowed me to understand more about medicine and my possible options.
All the information provided on the course was very useful and the way it was presented will allow me to remember what I need to do for my future medical school application.