PLAB vs USMLE – Video

I was asked to compare the USMLE with PLAB.

I spoke to students and young doctors at an event organized by the International Federation of Medical Students Association – Pakistan (IFMSA Pakistan) at Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Lahore on Thursday, 13 July 2017 via a recorded video.

17 thoughts on “PLAB vs USMLE – Video”

    1. Old graduates have the same opportunities in the UK as fresh graduates. Year of graduation does not matter. Old graduates have experience under their belt. So that’s helpful for them.

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  1. Hi,
    I have been reading your posts. They are very much informative. But I have been having some difficulties in applying for PLABs.
    On the gmc-uk website, it states that you will have to apply and book a test date for plab 1 via a gmc online account. But when I try to set one up, it keeps asking for a gmc reference number.
    Being an IMG, I do not have a reference number. So how do I apply for one?
    I have been literally going in circles in the website. And there are no content anywhere on the internet explaining the process.
    Thanks in advance.
    N

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  2. Great information. I have a question. U mentioned that one has to do housejob with 3 months medicine and 3 months surgery without any gaps and even after housejob one has to start MO job so that there arent any gaps. If a person dits for usmle prep and he takes break from housejob or if one sits for usmle after housejob mot doing any MO job, would that gap be a problem if that guy later decides to go with plab and layer apply for a uk job?? What should one do in such case to be safe for a uk job if one has that as a back up option in case usmle dont go well. Thank you.

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    1. In that case, the candidate would have to give an account of what they did during those gaps. Every single day has to be accounted for GMC registration.

      When applying for jobs, the gap will have a negative impact but as long as they’ve been working without a break for the past 6-12 months, it should be okay.

      It is ideal to channel all energies on one goal and to make the best out of it.

      PLAB will change to UKMLA in a few years. That should also be kept in mind.

      Good luck! 🙂

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      1. Thank you Dr Naseer Khan. You are very much helpful. I wish there were someone like u for usmle detailed guidance too. a lot of people still have misunderstandings despite of massive sea of information on internet. the reason behind these misundersandings is that information is not available in a stepwise manner in one place just like ur great website. Bdw a lot of people in my surrounding have this in mind that they can go for plab anytime even if they have taken long breaks in housejob or after housejob for usmles. Thanks again for clearing this. 🙂

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      2. Well, I hope someone does guide people for USMLE too.

        And I do know people who come towards PLAB after being jobless for a couple of years because of USMLE and they do find jobs as well. But some of them have to go through a lot of trouble to justify their gaps, specially if the gaps were during or before House Job.

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