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
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
Updated August 2016
The PLAB test is becoming more rigorous and more
reflective of real-life practice.
The new version of the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test starts
from September 2016.
What is changing and when?
From September 2016:
New questions and practical scenarios:
GMC will assess candidates’
professionalism and understanding of ethics as well as their clinical knowledge and skills.
For example, testing doctors’ understanding about a patient’s right to make a choice
about their care.
You may wish to read the latest PLAB blueprint, which is a guide to what the test covers.
This gives you links to the ethical and professional guidance which you will be tested on.
A fully revised practical assessment, including more and longer scenarios:
GMC will increase the number of scenarios in the Part 2 exam from 14 to 18. Scenarios will
be longer and last for eight minutes. Candidates will be given two minutes between
scenarios to read the instructions and patient information. The whole exam will take
around three hours and twenty minutes. There will be a minimum of two rest stations,
allowing candidates a ten minute break each time.
The scenarios will test candidates in settings such as a mock consultation or an acute
ward, that more accurately reflect how doctors apply their knowledge and skills in real
life. The situations will be more integrated rather than individual, separate tasks. This
could often involve aspects of clinical reasoning, taking a patient’s history and working
out what you do with the findings. Candidates will be tested on three domains: Data-
gathering, technical and assessment skills, Clinical management skills and Interpersonal
OSCEhome note: These changes make the PLAB
2 OSCE similar to the American and Canadian OSCEs. These changes are already
dealt with in the currently available OSCEhome ebook package edition.
For more and up to date
information about PLAB 2 Exam, please visit the GMC website at:
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stations, tips, resources and how to prepare for
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