Dr Paul Siklos, Associate Clinical Dean of Medicine, University of Cambridge, gave an hour-long session to over 40 first and second year Collyer’s students, detailing the often daunting medical school application process. The Ofsted Outstanding college were honoured to welcome back the former Collyer’s student, who gave an inspiring seminar, covering the application and interview process that the college’s aspiring medical students must negotiate to successfully gain a place at medical school.
Collyer’s Head of Faculty for Mathematics and Science, Dr Rob Hussey explained: “Dr Siklos’ extensive experience offered Collyer’s students an incredible insight into the process. The session included how to make an application stand out by crafting an honest and individual personal statement, through to what to expect when called for interview.
“As an old Collyerian, Dr Siklos put our students at immediate ease, and a fantastically productive and active session followed.”
Dr Siklos challenged students to crystallise their motives for studying medicine, then covered key NHS documents, relating to practicing modern medicine and the interview process adopted by medical schools across the country. The seminar also explored the necessary characteristics of a successful medical practitioner.
Dr Hussey added: “Not only has this seminar helped focus our second-year students on honing competitive applications, it has also inspired our first year students to pursue their ambition and turn dreams into reality. The students found the session to be very informative and were incredibly thankful to Dr Paul Siklos for taking time out from his busy schedule to offer his advice and guidance.”
“We are very proud of our annual success rates in helping students secure places at medical school. It was a stunningly successful session!”
Collyer’s Principal, Sally Bromley said: “Huge thanks to Dr Paul Siklos for helping the next generation of Collyer’s medical students. His incredible success in this field has been a massive inspiration to us all at Collyer’s”
Photo credit: Lucy Beak, Collyer’s Student Photographer