Tips on how to pass your Plab 2 exam



Tips on how to pass your Plab 2 exam


Plab 2 is the final stage of the process to become a UK qualified Doctor, meaning there is a lot of pressure for the candidate. The first thing you need to look to do is being well informed regarding the process, therefore a little more information. This is the practical part of the exam. It is made up of 16 scenarios each lasting around 8 minutes. This aims to reflect real life settings in order to help prepare you, although the exam may seem daunting here are some things to take into consideration.

 

Being yourself is very important as it helps to make the patient comfortable, try not to look at this as an exam but more a busy day at the clinic. There are three categories in which you will be assessed on data gathering, technical and assessment skills. Which means your follow prior to the next step which you are marked on which is clinical skills. This covers diagnosis and explains to the patient and creates a plan for them. The final factor in which we cover interpersonal skills will reflect how well they have built a rapport with the patient, using open and closed questions.

 

Another factor to consider is that communication is key. If you are struggling to gather information from a patient about their medical history to make a diagnosis or to establish if they understand a particular course of treatment because of your verbal communication skills, this will affect your performance in the practical test.

 

Just remember even though you are under a timed task, keep calm and read the task at hand. This is crucial as it will help you in order to understand what is expected of you in order to meet the criteria in order to pass this stage.You should also keep up to date with any changes that the Plab 2 test may bring. As it may impact your performance as they may decide to extend or shorten the time limit.