Plab 2 Course

PLAB test is designed to assess the knowledge and skills of international medical graduates. It comprises a written Part 1 examination and a Part 2 practical or objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).The pass mark for the PLAB test reflects what is expected of a doctor entering their second year of their Foundation program training. This includes the professional values and behaviors required of doctors, which are fundamental to delivering excellent care for example, practicing in accordance with the core GMC guidance and within their competence.

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  • Course details

 

 

 

This course can be taken live at the centre or live online.

Online course will be similar to skype.

Duration – 12 days ( 12 continuous days including weekends)    Timings   – 9am to 7pm.

Break times – Coffee breaks for 15 minutes around 11am and 4pm.

                            Lunch break for 1 hour at about 1.00pm.

 During the course there will be 12 days of lecture covering all the topics required for the PLAB 2 exam. During this time you may not be able to practice on the mannequins or take any mock tests.

We will provide you the course materials.

Most of the topics including all the difficult topics will be taught by Dr Swamy.  We do have other good teachers to teach the remaining topics.

 

 

 

Advise on how to do the course.

 

We advise everyone to attend the course at least 5 to 6 weeks prior to the exam.

 

First attend the 12 days course.

 

Then you practice on all the taught topics among yourself as a group in the centre for about 2 to 3 weeks.

 

You can practice on the mannequins too until your exam for free. 

 

Take the mock tests few days prior to the exam which prepares you well for the real exam.


 

  • Exam overview

 

 

PLAB 2 exam will take a new shape from September 2016.

In PLAB 2 exam you will be tested on your clinical and communication skills.

PLAB 2 exam is a practical or objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).

There will be 18 OSCE stations where you will rotate in a circuit through 18 rooms, and there will be 2 rest staions ( So totally 20 stations). Each station will be of 10 minutes duration.

You will be given two minutes to read the question and 8 minutes to perform your task. 

You will be assessed on four skill areas in the OSCE. These are generally as follows:

  • Clinical examination 
  • Practical skills 
  • Communication skills
  • Emergencies
  • Safe prescribing.
  • Ethical and legal issues.
  • Health promotion
  • Breaking bad news.
  • Data Interpretaion 

Our new course is designed to meet all these new exam syllabus.

You do not need to take anything into the exam hall including watch or any medical equipments. You will be provided with everything whatever you need inside the cubicle.

 

  • Syllabus

 

 

                     Syllabus ( Lectures )

All the topics are designed to meet the new exam syllabus

 

1

Introduction and Approach to History and Counselling Stations (Communication skills including Breaking Bad News)

2

Mannequin teaching

3

Clinical examinations

4

Data Interpretation 

5

Emergency medicine

6

Ethical and legal issues, Safe prescribing.

7

Medicine – History and counselling

8

Surgery - History and counselling

9

Obstetrics and Gynaecology - History and counselling

10

Paediatrics - History and counselling

11

Psychiatry - History and counselling

12

New and common stations

 

 Above topics may not be taught in the same order.

 

  • Course dates

 

 

       Course dates for live class and online classes

 

          

 

 1

 1st

  March

  2018

   till

  12th

  March

 2018

 Fully booked

 2

 15th

  March

  2018

   till

  26th

  March

 2018

Fully booked

 3

 29th

  March

  2018

   till

  9th

   April

 2018 

Fully booked

 4

 12th

  April

  2018

   till

  23rd

  April

 2018

Fully booked

 5

 26th  

  April 

 2018

  till

 7th  

   May

 2018

 Only few places available

 6

 10th  

  May 

 2018

  till

 21st  

   May

 2018

 Places available

 7

 24th  

  May

 2018

  till

 4th  

   June

 2018

 Places available

 8

 7th  

  June

 2018

  till

 18th  

   June

 2018

 Places available

 9

 21st  

  June

 2018

  till

 2nd  

   July

 2018

 Very few places

 available

 10

 12st  

  July

 2018

  till

 23rd   

   July

 2018

 Places available

 11

 26th   

  July

 2018

  till

 6th   

   August

 2018

 Places available

 12

 9th   

  August

 2018

  till

 20th   

   August

 2018

 Places available

 12

 23rd    

  August

 2018

  till

 3rd    

   September

 2018

 Places available

 12

 6th   

 September

 2018

  till

 17th   

   September

 2018

 Places available


   

  


 

Course dates  after this will be announced later.

 

 

 

  • Mannequin practice

You can practice on the mannequins from 9am to 7.30pm every day until your exam. We have all the mannequins for you to practice which are similar to the GMC exam mannequins. We use separate mannequins for practice, teaching and mock tests so that the mannequins are always available for you to practice. We have a very large hall for the mannequin practice so that you will not feel overcrowded.

We have plenty of mannequins in our centre for you to practice. Ours is the only centre where you will find 7 female pelvic examination mannequins which has different pathology.

 

SimMan : We also have SimMan ( talking mannequin ) which has special features eg : you can listen to different types of heart sounds and murmurs, lungs sounds, bowel sounds. You can check Blood pressure. It has peripheral pulses. You can practice on the SimMan too. Some courses do not have SimMan in their centre and you cannot practice on them. If you cannot practice on the SimMan it is very difficult to pass that station, which might result in not passing the whole exam.

 

 

 

  • Mock test details

We offer 4 mock tests which are included in the course fee. There will be 4 to 6 days of mock tests for each set of exam. You can chose 4 days out of them. Please check the mock test dates below. If you wish to take any extra mock tests you will have to pay 30 pounds. We advise you to take your mock tests near to your exam after you have attended the course and finished practicing the stations what we taught in the course.

 

Mock tests will be very similar to the GMC exam where you will learn exactly how the exam is designed and conducted, how to rotate through the different cubicles. You will also learn how to manage your timings in each station.

 

You will have to book places in the mock tests when you come for the course. You have to come for the mock tests in time. If you come late for the mock tests, you will lose that mock test and we will not be able to give a place for the missed mock tests. If you wish you can pay and take extra mock tests.

 

We keep all types of stations in the mock tests like History taking, Counselling, Examinations and Mannequins.

 

Be prepared to stay until 8pm on the day of your mock tests.

 

Mock tests will help you to reduce your exam stress and boost your confidence in facing the real exam.

 

  • Mock test dates

We will hold 4 to 5 mock tests before every set of exams.

We will announce the mock test dates about 2 weeks before every set of exams.

You can book the mock tests when you come here for the course.

 

 

 

 

  • Course and mock test fee ( 100 pounds discount for group of 5 bookings Course fee for each doctor in the group will be only 450.00 pounds)

PLAB 2 course Fee

PLAB 2 course Fee (This includes 12 days course, and 4 free mock tests  and free mannequin practice)

 

There will be £100.00 discount from the course fee if you come in a group of 5 doctors.

Fee for each doctor in the group will be only £450.00.


£550.00

Extra mock test (optional)

£30.00


 

You can repeat the course for free of charge until one year from the first day of the course date.

If you you wish to repeat the course after one year you will have to pay the full course fee.

We offer £100.00  discount if you book in a group of 5 doctors ( not less or not more).

To avail this offer all the candidates in the group should book the course ( email us the names of the 5 doctors - all the 5 doctors should email us individually)  at least 3 days before the course start date and all the 5 doctors should be attending the same course date and also should pay the fee before or on the first day of the course. 

 

 

 

  • Booking the course and method of payment

Please email us:- swamyplab@gmail.com (please include your tel number in your email) to book a place in the course. You do not need to pay to book a place in our course. If you cannot come for the course on the day you have booked, for any unforeseen reasons, you can just call or email us to postpone the course date.

You can pay for the course by cash or bank transfer either on the first day of the course or before. We do not accept cards or cheque at the moment.

If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please email us, we will give you our bank details.

 

 

 

  • Facilities

 

Dining room – we do have a dining room in the training centre with fridge and microwave.

 

Car Park - There are plenty of free car parking areas around the centre.

 

Restaurants and shops  – Fast food restaurants like MacDonalds, Burger king and Subway are within walking distance.  There are plenty of Asian and African shops, and restaurants within 5 minutes of walking distance.

 

Accommodation:

 

We have accommodation which is about 3 minutes walking distance from our centre. These are block of flats with kitchen and bathroom facilities in each flat. We have double rooms available. The rent will be 21 GBP for double room sharing with another doctor. These prices are for per day per person. Please email us for further details and to book a place in the accommodation.