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General Medical Council PLAB Part 2




PLAB 2 Objective Structured Clinical Examination 


Objective Structured Clinical Examination were first created and  implemented in the UK in early 1980s. The British are the pioneers of today's clinical skills assessment exams. 

The British General Medical Council Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test PLAB 2 exam is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination for British and international medical graduates who wish to practice medicine in the UK under limited registration. It takes the form of 14 clinical scenarios or ‘stations' as well as a rest station and a pilot station. A pilot station is one where we are checking whether the station can be used in future examinations. Your mark for this station will not count towards your result. 

PLAB 2 exam stations last only 5 minutes each, thus it will assess your skills in only one of the common Objective Structured Clinical Examination formats, such us physical examination, history taking, or counseling. You need to be well prepared and focused to pass PLAB 2 exam due to the five minutes short patient encounter duration. However, don't rush and remember that your personality, behaviour, and communication skills are also tested. A well prepared organized action plan is needed for the PLAB 2 OSCE Exam.

The PLAB 2 Exams are designed to test your ability to practice safely as a senior house officer (SHO) in a first appointment in a UK hospital. It is set at the end of Foundation Year One.

In PLAB 2 Objective Structured Clinical Exam, practical skills using manikins are not uncommon stations. Some of such PLAB 2 exam stations are wound suturing, breast exam, vaginal speculum and bimanual examination, Cervical smear procedure, testes examination, arterial blood gas and venous cannula puncture, CPR for adults and children, eye exam with ophthalmoscope, male and female urethra catheterization.

For more and up to date information about PLAB 2 Exam, please visit the GMC website. 

For PLAB 2 sample stations, tips, resources and how to prepare for PLAB 2 OSCE Exams, you are in the right site!


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