Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB)

PLAB Part 1

We book members of WARD onto a PLAB 1 course, held in London which consists of a 20 days teaching course with two off days in between. The course is from 9am till 7pm with one hour lunch break.

Plabtrainer gives a short lecture on each day about a topic (eg;- CNS or Peads) and then solve all the past questions about that topic on that particular day. They try to cover all the topics required for the PLAB 1 Exam.

At the end of the course mock tests are conducted and are very similar to the GMC exam where candidates will learn about the time management as well as techniques of answering the questions.

It is strongly recommend everyone takes at least four mock tests to enhance the chances of passing the exam in the first attempt.

Typical course schedule will be as follows (each day is dedicated to a particular topic):

  1. Respiratory system and Blood gases

  2. Cardiovascular system

  3. Gastro-Enterology

  4. Nephrology and Biochemistry

  5. Psychiatry

  6. Paediatrics

  7. Trauma

  8. Orthopaedics

  9. Obstetrics

  10. Gyneacology

  11. General surgery

  12. Systemic surgery

  13. Endocrinology

  14. ENT/Ophthalmology/Dermatology

  15. Rheumatology/ Epidemiology/Toxicology

  16. Central Nervous system

  17. Infectious disease

  18. Pharmacology / Miscellaneous topics


PLAB Part 2

The PLAB 2 course should be done ideally about 5 to 6 weeks before the GMC exam date so that the doctors will have at least 3 to 4 weeks to practice after the course as there are nearly 300 stations to practise.

The course consists of 11 days of teaching including the weekend, from 9 am to 7pm daily.

Each day will be dedicated to a specific topic:

  1. Introduction and ATLS

  2. Manikins ( Part 1)

  3. Remaining manikins including CPR ( Part 2) and Dose calculation

  4. Clinical Examination in Medicine

  5. Clinical Examination in Orthopaedics and Surgery

  6. History and Counselling in Medicine

  7. History and Counselling in Surgery and Orthopaedics

  8. History and Counselling in Obstetrics and Gyneacology

  9. History and Counselling in Paediatrics

  10. History and Counselling in Psychiatry

  11. VIVA, Drug Prescription, Hand washing, MRSA, Telphone conversation and other miscellaneous topics

Mock test takes about one and a half hour to two hours. There will be feedback of the mock test in the evening after all the batches finishes the mock test.

There will be two types of feedback. One type of feedback is "General feedback" and the other type is "Personal feedback". For the general feedback all the candidates who took the mock tests on that particular day (usually about 25 to 30 doctors take the mock test per day) will assemble in the evening and the mock test examiners will discuss all the mistakes done by all the candidates. Usually the general feedback takes about 3 hours, ( usually from 4.30pm till 7.30pm).

In the general feedback you will learn all the mistakes done by other candidates too. After the general feedback you can meet your mock test examiner who will give your personal feedback if you need.

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