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The PLAB 2 Exam

Once candidates have successfully passed their PLAB 1 examination, they will then be eligible to book their PLAB 2 examination.

This is a face to face examination held at the General Medical Council’s assessment centre in Manchester UK.

There are 18 OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) stations with 2 rest stations included. Each station lasts 8 minutes with a 90 second break in between stations. The total examination time is 3 hours and 10 minutes.

This examination is held very frequently (up to daily during busy periods) and in 2019 there were 8702 candidates who sat the PLAB 2 examination.

This is the most challenging part of the assessment process with over a third of candidates failing this part of the PLAB examination. The examination takes into account how effectively a Doctor is able to consult using a structured consultation model, interpret the clinical information obtained during the process, and formulate a diagnosis and management plan in addition to demonstrating interpersonal skills.

Once candidates have successfully passed their PLAB 2 examination they are then eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council and work as Doctors within the United Kingdom.

Format of the PLAB 2 training course

The course will prepare candidates for the full range of topics and skills required for the examination, based on the PLAB Blueprint and Foundation Year two curriculum. We have designed a very wide range of clinical scenarios that help prepare candidates and we particularly focus on ensuring indivuidualised feedback to maximise success within the PLAB 2 examination.

All candidates are given pre-course material to study and familiarise themselves with prior to attending the course to obtain maximal benefit from the 2-week residential course.

The topics covered can be summarised as:

  • Full briefing on the PLAB 2 examination & what happens on the day of the exam
  • Communication Skills
  • U.K Medical ethics in the U.K and their application in the exam
  • Challenging consultations: The angry patient/upset patient, confidentiality
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Ear Nose and Throat Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine & Management of Unwell Patient
  • Psychiatry
  • Urology and renal medicine
  • Genitourinary Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rheumatology
  • How to deal with Clinical uncertainty
  • Case Studies with ethical and legal considerations
  • Practical and procedural skills

The course also contains 2 mock examinations for all candidates.

Additional costs to candidates not included in the package:

  • Cost of IELTs: £145
  • PLAB 1 examination: £230
  • PLAB 2 examination: £875