This is the first in a series of blog posts where we hope to give you some insight into what it is like to prepare and sit the plan part 2 examination.
Each interview will take less than 5 minutes to read and are the accounts of current, UK based doctors who have recently sat the PLAB part 2 examination.
Please can you tell us a bit about yourself, your background and where you studied medicine?
"Sure, my name is Ali. I am from Pakistan and I graduated from Sargodha Medical College Pakistan in 2014.
I have been working in the NHS for around 2 years. "
When and where did you sit the PLAB part 2?
"I sat the PLAB, both parts in Manchester. The exam date was August 2017"
Can you summarise your experiences of sitting the PLAB 2 examination?
"Yes. The exam consisted of 18 stations each lasting 10 minutes. 1 to 2 minutes to read the scenario before entering the cubicle. You have to pass both minimum number of stations and minimum passing marks. Each clinical station was divided into history taking, examination and management.
I found the communication stations to be most difficult to deal with as English wasn’t my 1st language. The exam fee was 850 pounds"
How did you prepare for the examination? What resources did you use? Did you prepare alone or with a colleague also sitting the exam?
"I prepared for the exam in a course located in Manchester near longsight, the cost was 550 pounds just for academy, the material was provided by the course, which consisted of nearly 130 stations. I practiced with multiple people and took 4 mocks before real exam. "
How long did you prepare for?"
"14 days of academy, 4 weeks self preparation and practising with other people"
Is there anything you knew whilst you were studying you can share with other candidates?
"Communication is the skill you need to pass the exam."
What did you do to celebrate passing the PLAB part 2?
"I went to Bolton with my wife to celebrate and had food."
Do you have any final thoughts or comments to share with other future candidates?
"Practice is the key to pass the exam. Practising with multiple people is helpful rather than sticking to one study partner."
A big thanks to Ali for sharing his thoughts and for his time.
Congratulations on passing the PLAB part 2 examination.