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.

  • Course details

 

 

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   PLAB 2 course

  PLAB 2 course will be a combination live online and pre - recorded class videos online for the moment. Online course will be held using zoom.

  You will be able to ask questions if you have any doubts at the same time during the live online course. For the video recorded classes, you will be able to ask questions if you have any doubts either the same day or some other day during the course.  

  We will not be able to hold live course at our centre in Manchester until the corona virus problem settle down.

 

  Live course in the future:

  When we are able to open the centre in Manchester (after the corona problem settle down)  we will start holding live course. Live course will be for 14 days until  mid July 2020 and there after it will eb for 7 days only. 

  This will be a 7 days course starting every alternate Monday and finishing on Sunday.  Rest of the course will be online live and  video recorded classes which you can attend from your home ( from any country) before coming to the live course at Manchester. UK.

  Live course will consist of one day of manikin class and one day of examination class and some important topics.  These classes will be held as live online classes also. So this live course can be attended online too if you cannot come to the centre.

  In the future you will be able to watch most of the pre – recorded video classes at your own convenient time. We advise you to watch all the videos before you attend the live course in the centre.

  That means some of the classes has to be attended online in the future even after the corona problem settles down.

 You can attend the live course for free for one year from the first time you attend the online course  ( that means you need to attend the live course within one year of attending the online course for the first time).

 

  Current online course duration – 14 days ( with one day off in between). Classes will be held during weekends also.   

  Timings   – 9am to 7.00pm UK time.

  ( In the future you will be able to watch the pre – recorded class videos at your convenient day and time)

  Break times – Coffee breaks for 15 minutes around 11.30am and 4.30pm. UK time

                            Lunch break for 1 hour at about 2.00pm. UK time

  During the course there will be 13 days of lecture covering most of the topics required for the PLAB 2 exam.

 

  Reading materials.

  We will email you the course materials when you book the course with us. You can take a print out of these materials.  We advise you to read the materials before you attend the course.

  Most of the topics including all the difficult topics will be taught by Dr Swamy who has 17 years of experience in teaching for the PLAB.  We have other good  teachers to teach the remaining topics.

 

  Advise on when to do the course.

  We advise everyone to attend the online course at least 10 to 12 weeks prior to the exam. When we are able to open the centre we advise you to come to the Manchester centre at least two weeks before your exam so that you can attend one week of live course, practice on the manikins and take mock tests.

 

  Manikin practice:

  You can practice on the manikins when we will be able to open the centre in Manchester after the corona virus problem settles down.

 

Mock tests:

There will be 2 types of mock tests:

1. Classroom mock test (can be attended live at the centre or from home)   

2. Individual mock test (can be attended in the centre at Manchester or online from home). Candidates can choose whether they want to attend the individual mock test in the centre in Manchester or attend from their home without coming to the centre.

 

We offer 2 classroom based mock test and 2 individual mock tests for free with the course fee. Totally 4 mock tests are free with the course fee.

 

Details of classroom mock test:

This will be held live at Manchester UK centre. Mock tests will be conducted as a role play similar to the GMC exam. This will be conducted as a group in the class.   There will be role play in the class with the teacher acting as a patient and the student acting as a doctor. It will be 18 stations mock test similar to the GMC  exam. At the end of each mock test station there will be a feedback by the teacher. During the mock test 18 candidates will get a chance to do one station each in the role play. Others can watch and learn. If there are more than 18 candidates in the class, then all the candidates may not get a chance to do the role play.  

Most of the time this mock test will be conducted by Dr Swamy himself or other teachers.

There will be at least 3 to 4 mock test days in every 10 days. We offer 2 classroom mock tests free with the course fee. We advise you to take the mock tests about 10 days near to the exam. Our staff will email you the classroom mock test days about 2 weeks before your exam day. You can choose 2 days when you wish to attend.  

If you wish to attend more than 2 classroom mock tests you need to pay extra fee.

Classroom mock test can be attended either live at the centre in Manchester or live online from your home ( classroom mock tests will be relayed online when the mock tests is going on in the classroom).

Classroom mock tests can be conducted only after we are able to open the centre ( currently the centre is closed because of corona problem).

 

Individual mock test details:

This can be attended in the centre at Manchester UK or from your home. This will be held either through skype or zoom or other similar platform.

Details of Individual mock test held in the Manchester centre UK:

This is very similar to the GMC exam where many candidates taking the exam rotating through different cubicles for each station. Candidates will be attending the mock test in the centre and also the examiners will be in the centre ( however if we are short of examiners to come to the centre because of covid problem then the examiners will be at their home which you can watch them in a big computer screen inside the cubicles in the centre through skype or similar platform).  We keep 9 stations in the mock tests instead of 18 stations like in the exam this is because we can have more time at the end to give good feedback. Other academies may keep 18 stations in the mock test but they cannot give good feedback because of lack of time.

Mock test will be held in different batches ( eg. 9am till 10.30am, 10.30am till 12.00noon , 12.00 noon till 1.30pm and 2.30pm till 4pm. Candidates will be emailed the previous day what time they need to come for the mock test.

Feedback for individual mock test who are attending the mock test in the centre:

There will be general feedback about the mock test from 4.30pm till 7pm for all the

candidates who took the mock test on that day and also individual feedback after the general feedback.  

 

Details of Individual mock test which can be attended from home: This is done online through skype or similar platform.

Four candidates will take mock test ( from their home) with one examiner ( examiners will also be at their home) on the mock test day.

There will be 9 stations in the mock test.

Each candidate will perform 9 stations similar to the GMC exam ( one and half minute to read the question and 8 minutes to perform the task). 9 station will take one and a half hour.

4 candidates will be taking the mock test one after the other with the same examiner.

First candidate will take the mock test from 9am to 10.30am, 2nd candidate from 10.30am till 12.00noon. 3rd candidate from 12.00 noon till 1.30pm. ( 1.30pm till 2.30pm will be lunch break).  4th Candidate will take from 2.30pm till 4.00pm. ( 4.00pm till 4.30pm coffee break). UK time.

Feedback of the individual mock test who are attending from home: From 4.30pm till 6.30pm there will be feedback from the mock test examiner to all the 4 candidates. So each candidate has to attend their own mock tests for one and half hour and the feedback at the end from 4.30pm till 6.30pm).  UK time

Please note all the 4 candidates will be performing the same 9 stations on that day.  So the feedback will be together for all the 4 candidates ( between 4.30pm and 6.30pm).

We advise you to take the individual mock tests about 10 days near the exam. We will hold individual mock test every 2nd or 3rd day.  Candidates has to choose the day when they wish to attend. Our staff will email you the mock test days about 2 weeks near to your exam and you can choose the mock test days. 

 We offer 2 individual mock tests free with the course fee.  If you wish to attend more than 2 individual mock tests you need to pay extra fee.

 

 

  Special offer:

  You can retake the course for free for one year from the first time you attend the course if you are not able to pass the exam in first or subsequent attempts. 

  We offer 2 classroom mock tests and 2 individual online mock tests for free which comes along with the course fee. If you wish to retake the mock tests for the subsequent exam attempts, you will have to pay for the mock tests again. Both the mock tests has to be taken for the first attempt of the exam. Mock tests  cannot carried forward for the second or subsequent attempts.

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Why choose our academy for PLAB 2 course ?

 

Advantages compared to other PLAB academies

 

 Our academy

 Other academies

PLAB 2 course fee is cheaper

Only £550.00

Most of the other academies charge £600.00 to £650.00

Pre – recorded class videos

Pre – recorded class videos will be available which you can watch at your own convenient day and time. Nearly 70% of the topics will be available as pre-recorded videos.

[ Pre- recorded videos will be available only after mid July 2020

 Pre – recorded class videos are not available. So you have to sit in the live or online classes at real time when they are holding classes which is very inconvenient for those who have work or family commitment and also time difference problem for those doctors who live in other countries.

Shorter course duration

Our live course is only for 7 days. Since most of the easy topics will be available as pre-recorded class videos you do not need to spend more than 7 days attending the live course in the centre. Only important topics like mannikins, examination and difficult and recent topics will be taught in the live course.

[ course will be for 14 days until mid July 2020 and after that it will be 7 days]

 

Even the 7 days live course can be attended online too without coming to the centre.

Course duration is 15 days. It will be unnecessary and very tiring to sit continuously for 15 days.

Online mock tests

You can attend the mock tests from your home too. This is very convenient for those who cannot come to UK too early because or work commitment or family commitments.

You just may need to come to the centre one or two weeks before your exam to practice on the manikins.

Online mock test not available. So you have to go to the centre to attend the course and the mock tests at-least 6 to 7 weeks before your exam.

Classroom mock test by experienced teacher like Dr Swamy

We have classroom mock tests which are conducted by Dr Swamy who has 17 years of experience in teaching for the PLAB.

This is very beneficial to the students because Dr Swamy points out the right and wrong things to do in the exam during the feedback.  

Course organisers do not conduct the mock test or give feedback. Mock test and the feedback is given only by those doctors who passed the PLAB 2 exam recently.

Teachers

Most of the topics will be taught by Dr Swamy himself.

Dr Swamy has been teaching for the PLAB for 17 years.

In most of the other academies most of the topics are taught by teachers who have recently passed the PLAB 2 exam and they do not have much knowledge about the PLAB 2 exam.

Lesser time need to be spent in the academy

Since the course is short duration ( only 7 days) and also because the course and the mock tests can be attended online you need to come to the centre just about one or  two weeks to practice before your exam.

which is very convenient for those who has work and family commitment.

Since the course duration is very long ( 15 days) and the mock tests cannot be attended online you need to the present in the academy at least 6 to 7 weeks prior to your exam which is very inconvenient for those who have work and family commitment.

Mannikin and simman practice

Almost all the mannikins are available to practice 7 days a week from 9am till 7pm. There is no time limit to practice on the manikins.

Simman is also available to practice in the centre.  

Simman and few other will be available to practice 3 to 4 days in a week. There will be instructors to show the findings in these mannikins. 

In most of the academies there is time limit to practice on the mannikins.They give you particular day and time to practice on the manikins which is very inconvenient for lot of doctors.  

Some academies do not even have simman in their training centre. They have to take you to some hospitals to show the simman.

Simman is not available for practice in some academies.

Class timings

Class timings are from 9am till 7.30 pm only ( UK time)

Some academies teach up to 10.00pm in the night.

Lesser chance of getting Corona infection

Since the duration of the course short and the course and the mock tests can be attended online there is lesser chance of contracting corona infection from the centre.

Since the course duration is very long and the mock tests has to be taken at the centre higher chance of getting corona infection from the centre or from mock test examiners. If one mock test examiner is infected with corona he /she can infect lot of candidates who took the mock test on that day.

Quality teaching:

 

 

 

Dr Swamy teaches only at Manchester centre so that he can give full time dedication at Manchester centre. Dr Swamy does not keep travelling to other countries to teach. Dr Swamy teaches more than 70% of the topics.

Course organisers at other academies has many branches in different countries and so they have to keep travelling to different countries to teach. So they are not fully dedicated at Manchester centre. Course organisers teach only one or two days at Manchester centre.  So inexperienced doctors (recently PLAB 2 exam passed doctors) has to teach most of the topics at the Manchester centre. Even at other countries they use the doctors who did not even taken the PLAB exam to teach.

Advantage of online course and mock tests at Dr Swamy centre

Since Dr Swamy has online courses which can be attended online from their own home country candidates do not need to attend such academies where inexperienced doctors teach. Candidates need to come to the Manchester centre just one week before their exam.

Other academies have many branches in different countries to attract the candidates to attend their academy. They use inexperienced doctors to teach at other countries.

 

 

 

Dubai company:

We have opened a company in Dubai called GHP web portal. All our future online courses will be managed from the Dubai company. So course fee has to be   paid to Dubai company.  Dubai company has a collaboartion with the UK company.

  You can attend the live course, mock tests and practice at the Manchester centre in UK.

  Manchester centre address;

  Dr Swamy plab courses and recruitment,

  308 Moseley Road,

  Levenshulme,

  Manchester.

  M19 2LH.

  United Kingdom.


 

  • Exam overview

     PLAB 2 exam overview

n 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 one and half 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 Legal issues
  • Health promotion
  • Breaking bad news
  • Data interpretation.
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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 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 are the same as below.

 

      

           PLAB 2 course dates for 2020

  PLAB 2 course will be for 14 days with one day off in between the course.

  1

  15th     May     2020

  till

  28th    May  2010

  Off day –  22nd  May  (Friday)

  2

  1st      June      2020

   till

   14th   June  2020

  Off day –  8th June ( Monday)

 

 Course dates after this will be only tentative because we may be able to hold live classes.

 Course format will change once we are able to hold live courses.

  3

   18th   June    2020

   till

  1st     July  2020

  Off day –  25th  June (Thursday)

  4.

   5th   July    2020

   till

  18th     July  2020

  Off day – 11th  July (Saturday)

         Further course dates will be announced later.    


 

 

  • Mannequin practice

 

Manikin practice can be done at the Manchester centre after the centre opens which will be after the corona problems settles down.

 

You can practice on the mannequins from 9am to 7.0pm every day until your exam. We have all the mannequins for you to practice which are similar to the GMC exam mannequins. 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

  • Course fee

  

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       PLAB 2 course Fee

  ( This includes 14 days course and 2 free classroom  mock tests, 2 individual online mock tests and free mannequin practice).

 

 We will email you the payment details when you book the course with us. You need to pay to Dubai bank by bank transfer. We need to receive the money in Dubai currency which is AED Dirhams.

  2500 AED Dirhams

( which is almost equivalent to 550.00 UK Pounds)

  

  Extra classroom mock test or individual online mock test (optional)

   140 AED Dirhams ( which almost equivalent to £30.00)

There is no refund for the course or the mock test fee once paid. This fee will not be refunded for any reason even if the GMC cancel the PLAB 2 exam. 

Please do not pay until you read and understood the course details.

If you are not able to pass the exam first attempt or subsequent attempts, you can

re - take the online course and the live course again for free for one year from the first time you attend the online course.  This offer will  not be valid if we need to close the centre for any unfortunate reasons.

If you wish to retake the online or live course after one year you will have to pay the full fee.

We offer 2 classroom based mock tests and 2 individual online mock tests for free which comes along with the course fee. If you wish to retake the mock tests for the subsequent exam attempts, you will have to pay for the mock tests again which is 115 AED Dirhams ( which almost equivalent to £25.00)

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

 

 

  • 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 only single rooms available.  Please email us  at swamyplabcourses@gmail.com for further details and to book a place in the accommodation.