Roadmap for PLAB

PLAB:

PLAB is the licencing exam for International Medical Graduates wishing to practice in the UK. PLAB has two parts, PLAB 1 and PLAB 2.

 

House Job:

House Job is not a part of the road map for PLAB or a prerequisite at any stage of your journey to the UK. But I thought it was worth mentioning here that it’s best to not skip your house job for the following two reasons.

  1. It will give you an employment or employment history, which is very important for your PLAB 2 visa.
  2. If you have not done your House Job, then you can only enter through the Foundation Year 1 route. And it’s not impossible, but difficult to enter through this route.

 

 

Road Map For PLAB

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1. Visa Homework:

Since PLAB 2 is only held in Manchester. You might need a visa to go to the UK for PLAB 2. It is important to get your things in order for your visa application well before you apply for your visa.

 

2. IELTS:

IELTS is an English language test. To qualify for PLAB 1, You need IELTS Academic or IELTS UKVI Academic with 7.0 in each of the four areas and an overall score of 7.5 bands. IELTS is valid for two years.

However, IELTS does not need to be valid in order to sit in PLAB 2.

 

3. PLAB 1:

PLAB 1 is a knowledge test comprising of 200 questions that have to be answered in 3 hours. It only tests your clinical knowledge and not your basic science.

It is conducted in the UK in March, June, September and November. It is conducted overseas in March and November only.

 

4. Visa for PLAB 2:

Depending on where you live, you might need a visa to go to the UK for PLAB 2.

 

5. PLAB 2:

PLAB 2 is an OSCE examination, comprising of 18 stations. It takes 3 hours and 20 minutes.

It is conducted twice a month, but only in Manchester, UK. It is not conducted in any other city or country.

 

6. GMC Registration:

After passing, PLAB 2, you can apply for GMC registration.

 

7. Job in the UK:

Once you’re registered with the GMC, you’re eligible to work in the UK.

56 thoughts on “Roadmap for PLAB”

  1. hello, after completing Plab 1and 2 , and completing f1 and f2,
    how much time should i wait till being accepted and enrolled in a residency program ,
    i am interested in cardiac/thoracic surgery ,
    so, is it worth to apply in peripheral centers rather than central to

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  2. Hi Aoa.. Is there a time limit within which you have to appear for PLAB2 after passing PLAB1? What if we pass PLAB1 but cant get visa for PLAB2 prompltly? Would our PLAB1 expire after some time or we may go for PLAB2 anytime after getting our visa, no matter after how much time?

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    1. 1. It is not difficult to get a PLAB 1 visa. It depends on your finances and luck.

      2. Getting a PLAB 1 visa is relatively difficult compared to getting a PLAB 2 visa. As they might object that you can take the exam in your home country.

      3. A 6-month bank statement is not mandatory, but ideal.

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  3. If I clear PLAB 1&2 and skip house job in my home country, how many chances are there to get a job in U.K.? Do clinical electives done in the U.K. Count while applying for job?. If I want to specialise in psychiatry what’s the pathway? Thanking you in anticipation

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    1. A. https://naseersjourney.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/training-in-the-uk/

      B. Clinical Attachment helps in the following ways:

      1. It makes you familiar with the NHS.
      2. It gives you valuable experience for your CV.
      3. At the end of your attachment, you often get an employment contract offered.

      However, not having an attachment makes no difference on your job prospects. Most candidates do not have attachments and still find jobs. I myself did not have any attachments and I am still getting job offers.

      C. I am not sure, honestly. You can post this on the main PLAB Facebook group. 🙂

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    1. I don’t know much about Surgery. But from what I hear, it’s not easy to enter surgery training in the UK, unless you’re a British or EU citizen. If you work here for 6 years, you can become a national.

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  4. as u told that plab 1 is valid for 2 years. but uk policy is changing in 2019 so are wo supposed to pass plab 2 in 2018 before the new policy OR GMC will allow us to give plab 2 in 2019..
    please clear this confusion. and what is the validity of plab 2 ?

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  5. may you please advise on how to get into foundation training as a non eea citizen without the right to work. i have not done an internships so i do not qualify for full registration and mos\t jobs\ other than f1 foundation jobs with provisional registration

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    1. I’m sorry but I do not know much about this route. I do, however, know someone who can help with this route, as they are also going through it. If you send me a private message, I can tell you how to contact them.

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  6. I have checked my email and refreshed a few times however , i unfortunately did not receive your email. I checked the spam folder as well just in case.If it wouldn’t be too much trouble , may you please double check from your end and/or resend? Thank you.

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  7. I am about to start my final year so whats the best time to give ielts and plab1 as i dont want to waste my time secondly how much gap should be there max btw plab 1 and plab 2?

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  8. House job isnt equivalent to internship we do afyer completing mbbs ??? If not, then how can we do that ??? I mean to ask whether working with some.local hospital in med or surgery dept will suffice for the said 6 months ????

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  9. Hi, what about when you have done only 6 months of practise and 1 year and a half working as a doctor in your country? Is this ok as a house job or i should start from Fy1 here in uk? And please where i can contact you for more questions? Thank you

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    1. House Job is recognized properly in every country as a House Job. If you have not done that, you will begin your career from FY1 in the UK.

      You can post any questions here and I will get back to you. If your questions are of a personal nature, you can email me via the “Contact” section of the blog.

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  10. Thank you Dr. Naseer for your efforts
    I have a different question, what kind of job is offered to us as international graduates? Is it a residency training program? if yes what is the name of the degree we get after completing the residency program?
    And what is the difference between training and non-training posts?

    For an example if I want to be an emergency physician and I finished my PLAB 2, what do I have to do next?

    I have been reading a lot in the GMC website and other websites, but I can’t seem to understand.

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  11. I have done 1 year rotating internship in all the departments, but medicine and surgery departments were respectively 2months each! Does this count or what do I have to do in order to compensate for 6months? Does working under that particular department in any hospital count ?

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    1. Since you have completed your internship, you can not go back and change it now.

      Keep in mind that working in sub-specialties counts as working in that respective department. For example, working in OBGYN and Pediatrics counts as working in surgery and medicine, respectively.

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      1. Are you sure of the fact paeds counts towards medicine?!
        I knew about the 3 months in each of surgery and medicine thing kind of late and was panicking since my internship program is fixed and is starting in about a month!

        P.S.: Thank you so very much for this blog! I feel like we all owe you greatly!

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      2. Yes, I am sure. You can confirm this by emailing the GMC about this. I would never advise you to listen to me or anyone else blindly. It is always best to confirm from the official source. 🙂

        And thank you for your kind words! 🙂

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  12. Is the Australian Medical Council exam recognised in the UK? I hold a AMC certificate will it carry any weight? also after passing PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 do we get full registration immediately? or do we get provisional reg and have to secure a job offer and work for 12 months to get full registration?
    Also what are the chance of getting into residency in the UK? i have completed my internship and have not worked since and completed both parts of the AMC. what other courses or CPD activities would you suggest to attend to add to the CV that will be useful for the uk job applications?
    Please advice. thank you.

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    1. 1. No value.

      2. None.

      3. If you have completed internship, then, yes.
      https://naseersjourney.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/training-in-the-uk/

      4. If you have not completed your internship, then you get provisional registration and you have to complete your two years of FY on that.
      https://naseersjourney.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/training-in-the-uk/

      5. Depends on which specialty you want to apply for.
      https://naseersjourney.com/2017/04/25/training-availability-in-the-uk/

      6. Follow the points mentioned here for improving your CV. They will apply on you as well. 🙂
      https://naseersjourney.com/2017/05/13/guidance-for-undergraduates/

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  13. Hello Sir.. It was almost making all questions clear by reading your blog. One question i had if we pass Plab1 and we require IELTS for it and as you said we don’t need ilets for plab2.. So can i get visa easily with if my ilets is expired and can i get regestered with GMC without Ilets??

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  14. Hi Dr Naseer. First off thank you so much for your wonderful and thoroughly informative+encouraging blog.
    Can you please tell me what you think is the ideal time to space out the three tests one has to sit i.e the IELTS PLAB1 and PLAB2?
    I am ~6months from graduating medical school. After that, I will have just a little less than three months before i start my housejob (internship).
    If i give IELTS in october ’17 and then after graduating give PLAB 1 in march ’18 (with two months prep?) and then after a year of housejob give my PLAB 2 in mid 2019, will it be realistically possible?
    PS. Although i am an average student i would not shy from a couple of months hard work if it saves me time.

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    1. The timeline you’ve described is perfect. PLAB 1 can be managed VERY easily in 2 months. If you find it hard to believe, please read this. 🙂

      https://naseersjourney.com/2017/04/24/azooz-alhashimis-plab-1-experience/

      You should also keep in mind that we need to be employed for 6 months (ideally) before applying for our visa for PLAB 2. If you apply for your visa right after your House Job, you would be unemployed. So that’s risky.

      In this case, you should work for 3 to 6 months as MO/RMO before applying for your visa. So in this case, you would take your PLAB 2 in the second half of 2019.

      Keeping all of the above in mind, even if you take PLAB 1 in November 2018, it’s not a bad idea. You can take your IELTS after graduation in this scenario.

      People have received their visas without being employed or only after being employed for a month as well, but it’s risky and I do not recommend it.

      I hope this helps. Best of luck! 🙂

      Do take other people’s opinions as well, from Facebook groups. 🙂

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  15. Hello! First of all, I would like to say that I am very pleased that I’ve found your blog! It surely gave me hope haha
    I have just one question: I’m from Brazil and, here, we go through our House Job (internship) before graduation (it’s actually part of our medical training). It’s duration is 2 years, more than enough to complete the demands of 6 months clinical and 6 months surgical training. In this case, which way should I go? How should I proceed? Is it possible to skip FY1 and FY2 and go straight to CP?

    Thank you very much in advance!

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    1. Hello,

      I am not sure since none of my friends had done a pre-graduate internship. It would be best to post this question on Facebook to get advice from people who have gone through this road. I am sorry for not being more knowledgeable about this. But if you find anything, please do share it with me so I can help others in the future. Thank you!

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  16. Respected bro. I have query regarding criteria for appearing in PLAB 1 and GMC registration. I completed my mbbs degree in 2014 and then went for HJ. But unfortunately i have a gap of 5 months between my 2nd and 3rd rotations and secondly i didn’t opt general medicine amd general surgery for HJ rather i went for ophthalmology, paeds, and psychiatry. I only need to know with these types of rotations am i eligible to appear in plab1 and in the end to get the GMC. Will they inquire about my 5months gap and put a Q mark on not opting for general medicine and general surgery. Would you advise me to go for plab under these circumstances.. I will really appreciate your help and will remember it for the rest of my life. TIA

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    1. 1. They will ask you to explain your 5-month gap in writing. There is no way of knowing if your internship will be accepted or not. It would be best to post on Facebook to ask others who have gone through this.

      2. At least 12 months of internship with at least 3 months in medicine and at least 3 months in surgery is considered to be an acceptable pattern of internship. Medical and surgical sub-specialties count in medicine and surgery, respectively. For example, pediatrics and OBGYN are counted as medicine and surgery, respectively.

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  17. hi there. before I leave in my query, i must commend your initiative. it’s only rarely you ever come across people as willingly helpful as you are. 🙂
    i’ve only recently graduated, and am currently doing my house job in cardiology, with my clinical attachment here being 3 months long, followed by serving 2 months in nephrology and a month of general medicine in the end. does this fulfill the criteria for a cumulative total of 3 months serving in medicine?
    secondly, if i were to spend 3 months in ENT, followed by general surgery (2 months) and orthopedics (a month), would it suffice said criteria for surgery?
    also, i’ve just given my IELTS, with my test result still pending. i’ve given the academic module and not the UKVI version of the test. i know i would have to apply for the visa process myself, but does it mean my having for sit for the IELTS test again?

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  18. Is there a specific time period or month when you can apply for jobs, or you can do it throughout the year, after gmc registration of course

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    1. Non-training jobs (which is our first job in the UK) are open throughout the year. You can apply any time of the year.

      Training jobs always begin in August and applications open a few months earlier.

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  19. Hi Dr.Naseer sir. Thank you so much for sharing your experience through your blog.
    My questions being-
    1)Is passing plab required to do fellowship in UK? If yes what score is needed to get into a standard university or is just passing enough?
    2) For fellowship programs, how much weightage do the universities lay on research studies done during undergraduate level? Or again, just plassing plab would ensure a seat?
    Thank you Sir.

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  20. I have done house job 6months in gynae&obs and 6 months in paeds.
    So am i eligible??
    N what about ielts?
    How to prepare for that?

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  21. amazing blog, thanks so much dr for all the useful info,

    I have a question. I am from Palestine and I graduated in june/2016. I finished my internship in july/2017.
    I am starting my prep for plab since today. is this considered late? will I still be able to get a residency in UK? or is it too late?

    dr mays

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  22. Currently I am doing my house job in Pakistan, i have completed 3 months of general surgery and 3 months of orthopedics. Now, I have to decide about the allied medicine rotation. Therefore, i wanted to know if housejob(internship) in pathology is acceptable in the uk or not? i have heard from some people that they don’t accept hj in patho and derma,plz guide in this regard.

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