Symposium for Prospective Medical Students

13 Jul 2018
Location: Churchill College
Start time: 09:30
End time: 17:00
Fully Booked

An open day and symposium for Year 12 students interested in studying Medicine at Churchill College.

Attending this symposium will give prospective students:

The programme will be run by our Medicine Directors of Studies, Dr Jason Ali and Dr Liz Soilleux, with input from our Admissions Tutor in Medical and Natural Sciences, Dr Sally Boss and current Churchill medical students.


For students who would like to study Medicine at the University of Cambridge, this event will tell you about how we work as medics, and how our admissions process works for applicants. As part of the day, you will attend two masterclasses (in cutting-edge diagnostics and transplant surgery) and an ethics workshop (with a prize for the team which responds best to the presented issues).

You’ll also spend time at Churchill College and experience what life as a Cambridge medical student is like. There will be opportunities to speak with current students about applying to and working in Cambridge, and our Directors of Studies and Admissions Tutors will be on-hand to provide lots of information to you (and your parents, if they accompany you).

Studying Medicine at Churchill

This event is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into Medicine and Cambridge. We look forward to meeting you on the day.


Time Session Venue
8:45—10:15 Registration and tours of College(students, parents and teachers) Registration Desk in Concourse
10:20—11:00 Welcome and ethics challenge(students only) Dining Hall
10:20—11:00 Supporting applicants(parents and teachers only) Wolfson Hall – leave to explore Cambridge
11:00 Prize presentation for ethics challenge(students only) Move from Dining Hall to Wolfson Hall
11:05—12:05 Pathology – interactive lecture(students only) Wolfson Hall
12:05—12:15 Break  
12:15—12:45 Life as a Churchill medical student(students only) Wolfson Hall
12:45—13:45 Lunch (students only) Dining Hall
13:45—14:45 Transplant surgery in the modern era (students only) Wolfson Hall
14:45—14:55 Break  
14:55—15:55 Applying to read Medicine at Cambridge and the Cambridge interview (students only) Wolfson Hall
15:55 Q&A (students only) Wolfson Hall

Please be aware that, for capacity reasons, we are running separate programmes for potential applicants and accompanying adults at this event. Once adults have attended their 'Supporting applicants' session, from 10.20–11am, they are welcome to leave Churchill to find some lunch and explore Cambridge. Our programme for students at Churchill will finish at around 4pm, so adults should feel free to return then, ready for departure — we suggest you meet either in the College’s Buttery (café area) or at the front of College, by the Porters’ Lodge. Due to high participant student numbers accompanying adults will not be able to join the final Q&A session.

Parents and accompanying adults

In addition to this programme for students, we will be running a separate session for parents and accompanying adults from 10.20am, on the Medicine admissions process and supporting applicants. This session will conclude by noon.

Adults are then free to spend the remainder of the day in Cambridge, though they are welcome to re-join students for the final Q&A at 3.55pm.

Apply to attend

If you would like to attend, please apply for a place online.You will receive an email confirming that your booking has been received. 

Bookings have now closed - this event is now fully booked. Attendees will be contacted shortly with further information.