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If you’ve Failed PLAB 2 recently, this blog will help

PLAB 2 failure is never easy to deal with, especially with it being such a career-defining exam. If you are someone who has recently failed to break through the PLAB 2 barrier, please remember that you are not the only one. Many doctors who are currently in the NHS have been in the same situation as you – and hundreds will also face this challenge in the future as well.

However hard it is to focus on moving forward, life and careers must go on. And so must your attempts to clear this exam.

– Register for our next Free PLAB 2 Webinar here
– Join the Arora PLAB 2 Telegram teaching group here.
– Join Arora PLAB 2 Academy+ programme here.

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If you’ve Failed PLAB 2 recently, this blog will help

Know That You Are Not Alone

As mentioned already, hundreds of doctors have gone through the same situation as you. And just like you, they inevitably would have felt pretty upset or defeated as we all know how much hard work and sacrifice goes into preparing for this exam. Some may have considered whether it is the right path for them, and wondered if they have the strength to go again – you may be in this situation yourself. The main reason behind sharing this blog is to let all PLABbers know that you are truly not the only one to feel as you are.

If you’ve Failed PLAB 2 recently, this blog will help​

Take the Next Step

It doesn’t matter if you are the only one from your group who has failed the exam. Your main objective should be to get through this feeling and plan for the future. Once the dejected feeling settles – and this time frame can vary – you should plan to get back on that ladder to gain confidence once again. It might sound difficult to do, but the first step is always the hardest. Push yourself to take it – even if it’s as small as gathering up your notes again or looking at the GMC website for new dates – the momentum will soon start to build again. This video focuses on 3 key things to succeed in PLAB – it may help get your mind back on track – watch here

If you’ve Failed PLAB 2 recently, this blog will help​

There is always a Bright Side

You may not be ready for the ‘glass half full’ discussion just yet. You might not even be thinking about attempting the exam again and perhaps still just want to stay away from all the stress that comes along with it.

But when you are ready for it, always remember that you won’t have to start from scratch. Your baseline for PLAB 2 is pretty high already, so preparing for the next attempt will be very different. Even if you were 10 or 20 marks away last time, you’re still nowhere near where you were when you started the first time. The distance to climb between preparation and passing is significantly shorter this time. Also you won’t need to attend all the same courses, read all the same mountain of material, or watch all 200+ videos again. Targeted preparation is the key at this point.

If you’ve Failed PLAB 2 recently, this blog will help

Small Changes Make A Big Difference

After a failed attempt, take some time out to reflect on mistakes or miss-outs. Take some time to think about how to become more efficient in your preparation. Think back on those little things that perhaps you thought you knew but maybe didn’t, and focus on the smaller details that you found tough in your previous attempt. Now it is all about fine-tuning – which small adjustments will get you close to that pass point? 

I’m always saying that small changes make big differences in PLAB 2 – finding those small changes is really important to moving confidently into your next attempt. It’s not about changing everything- small adjustments often have major impact. Adding little things into your consults, or removing small things that don’t really make a difference will help you pass your second, third or even fourth attempt. Our PLAB 2 Academy+ package helps to focus on these small but very important changes. 

If you’ve Failed PLAB 2 recently, this blog will help​

How to Find Those Little Changes

Start with your technique! As soon as you start to improve your technique it will work like a domino effect to enhance your whole case. It could be the manner in which you gather data, how you manage the first minute of management or even the way you reflect on things in the consultation. If you are constantly working on these small changes before your next attempt it can make a big difference in your score.

For instance, to cover hypertension you can either choose to learn it all from scratch, go back and revise everything again… OR you can start to make small changes based on what you already know. If you just go and re-read or re-practice hypertension in the same way as you did before, you’ll end up saying all the same things again – why would the result be any different?

Remember, most fail PLAB 2 not because of lack of hard work or lack of knowledge – but likely due to not understand how you are being assessed, or having a technique that doesn’t allow you to demonstrate what you can do in 8 minutes. The secret to cracking any exam, especially if you are reattempting it, is to change your strategy. We can definitely help with this.

If you’ve Failed PLAB 2 recently, this blog will help​

Key take-aways

1. You are not alone. There are hundreds of doctors in the same situation as you and there have been thousands of doctors in the past who have been through this and they are all currently working in the NHS.

2. You won’t be starting from scratch this time. You’re not right back at the beginning or opening up your books for the first time – you already have a really strong base. 

3. Most importantly, you’ve got time to find out those very small changes in technique that can make a big difference in your overall score – knowing that these changes can translate across multiple scenarios. 

I really hope this blog helps boost your morale and put you right back on track to PLAB 2 success.

If you’ve Failed PLAB 2 recently, this blog will help​

How Arora can help you Pass PLAB 2

For our most comprehensive ‘all-you-need’ PLAB 2 Academy+ Package click here

For all other Arora PLAB 2 resources (Gold Package, Mocks, Online course, etc) click here

To register for our next free PLAB 2 webinar click here: Next Free Webinar

To join our Free PLAB 2 Telegram teaching group click here

For Dr Aman’s PLAB 2 YouTube videos click here

Author Bio — Dr Aman Arora

Hello and welcome to Arora Medical Education! I am a Portfolio GP with a 24/7/365 passion for helping you fly through your medical exams and maximise your career. You can find out more about me here.

I’ve been fortunate to teach over 50,000 doctors globally through a combination of face-to-face, online, audio and social teaching, helping them pass exams such as MRCGP AKT and RCAMSRA and PLAB. You can find out more about my previous roles and qualifications here.

Feel free to contact me with any thoughts, questions or ideas to help you reach your potential. I look forward to meeting you soon!

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Author Bio — Dr Pooja Arora

Dr Pooja Arora is a GP with a background in Medical Politics, where she passionately focuses on improving the opportunities and working conditions for junior doctors. She is proud to hold FRCGP (Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners).

You can find out more about Pooja’s previous roles and qualifications here.

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