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.

Yours Faithfully,

Professor Mayur Lakhani CBE PRCGP FRCP FRCPE SFFMLM
Professor Mayur Lakhani CBE PRCGP FRCP FRCPE SFFMLM

RCGP President

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.

Kind regards,

Davinia

Davinia David-Rajah
Davinia David-Rajah

Student

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,

Mohsin

Mohsin Butt
Mohsin Butt

4th year Medical Student at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

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.

Corrine Warwick
Corrine Warwick

UCAS/IAG Coordinator, Holy Family Catholic School, Walthamstow, London

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.

Mr. Éamonn Casey
Mr. Éamonn Casey

Assistant headteacher, Caterham high school, Ilford, Essex

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!

Shamila Sulaiman
Shamila Sulaiman

Careers Co-ordinator, Frederick Bremer school, Walthamstow, London

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.

Eliane Sousa
Eliane Sousa

Career Coach Volunteer at Future Frontiers

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!

Dr. James Burton
Dr. James Burton

FRCP

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!

Dr. Dwamena
Dr. Dwamena

GP, Wickford, Essex

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.

Mrs Anna Edwards
Mrs Anna Edwards

Head of Psychology, Kingston Grammar School, Kingston Upon Thames, London

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!

Hannah Oyewole
Hannah Oyewole

Founder and CEO of The Young Ladies Club

COURSE FEEDBACK

I now know how to prepare when applying to medical school.

Ebun
Ebun

Age 16

I liked the fact that we had doctors come in to tell us what they do.

Mehwish
Mehwish

Age 15

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!

Lorena
Lorena

Age 16

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.

Suraj
Suraj

Age 17

The range of medics we interacted with allowed me to understand more about medicine and my possible options.

Davina
Davina

Age 16

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.

Hajra
Hajra

Age 17

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