Full PLAB Program

PLAB 2 is an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) that consists of 16 scenarios, each lasting eight minutes. The exam aims to reflect real-life settings, such as a mock consultation or an acute ward.

The exam covers everything that a UK-trained doctor might expect to see on their first day of Foundation Year Two (F2). It tests the candidate’s ability to apply knowledge to the care of patients, rather than how well they can remember and recite facts. All the questions relate to current best practice and should be answered in relation to published evidence, rather than local arrangements. The names of drugs referred to in the exam are those contained in the most recent edition of the British National Formulary (BNF).

The PLAB blueprint sets out the scope and content of the test. It includes the topics, skills, and procedures that a doctor who passes the test would need to know and be able to do. It also provides details of the professional qualities expected of a doctor working in the UK.

To answer the questions, candidates must read the instructions and patient information outside each room and then enter the exam cubicle to complete the task outlined. There will be a timer that announces when to move on, and the amount of time between stations will depend on the exam centre. At least two rest stations are provided to allow candidates to take breaks, and the entire exam takes around three hours.

In conclusion, PLAB 2 is an essential exam for international medical graduates who want to practice medicine in the UK. The exam covers various scenarios that test the candidate’s ability to apply their medical knowledge and skills in a clinical setting. Candidates should prepare themselves for the exam by familiarizing themselves with the PLAB blueprint and answering questions according to current best practice guidelines.