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How I Cleared my PLAB 2 exam in the first attempt – Dr Anu Jacob

If you are a doctor preparing for your GMC PLAB 2 exam, this this blog is a must to help you pass. We are lucky to have Dr Anu Jacob – an IMG (International Medical Graduate) doctor who recently passed her PLAB 2 exam – share her own experience of how she prepared and passed first time…

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How I Cleared my PLAB 2 exam in the first attempt – Dr Anu Jacob

Introduction

My name is Anu Jacob and I’m an International Medical Graduate from India. I graduated in March 2020. This blog aims to provide some insight into my PLAB 2 journey. Everybody’s journey is of course unique but I hope my journey will provide you with some inspiration for your own PLAB 2 preparation.

How I Cleared my PLAB 2 exam in the first attempt – Dr Anu Jacob

My PLAB 2 Journey

My PLAB 2 journey began in March, soon after I cleared my February PLAB 1 exam. After the initial excitement and a short period of absolute bliss, I began searching for dates for my PLAB 2 exam. I was able to secure a date for September. As soon as I secured my exam date, I began to lay down the groundwork for my PLAB 2 preparation. 

How I Cleared my PLAB 2 exam in the first attempt – Dr Anu Jacob

Preparing For PLAB 2

The first thing I did was to search the GMC website and try to understand what was really expected out of me in the PLAB 2 exam. I summarized it as the expectation for me was how to be a ‘safe FY2 doctor’. Keeping this information at the back of my mind I then went through the standard approach of joining an academy. I found my experience at the academy useful. Every individual can make their own judgment of whether an academy is useful or not but for me joining the academy was a step in the right direction, especially because of practice in the practical scenarios – something that I definitely required. I started practicing with multiple people in the academy and soon realised somewhere along the line that I had started to sound like a well-rehearsed parrot – not empathic – just really going with the scripts. This affects a lot of people in their PLAB 2 journey because you end up practicing with people who are doctors like you and not really actors, thereby causing a decline in your performance.

At this juncture, I had attended Dr. Aman Arora’s free session for PLAB 2 preparation and after hearing his talk that day, I went ahead and purchased the PLAB 2 Gold Package. The first thing I did was to go through Dr. Arora’s PLAB 2 audiobooks (part of the Gold and Academy+ Packages) – I must say they are a complete eye-opener. I kept them on repeat from the day I purchased them until a few hours before my exam! (and for anyone who has these I would highly recommend doing the same). They include short concise teaching sessions on key scenario types, as opposed to individual cases – important for me as I felt that my preparation had been very case-based. I was being told that ‘this is the approach for this case’ and ‘this is to approach this case’, and so on. The problem with this mode of preparation is the lack of understanding of the scenario type, which ultimately leads to a scripted approach.

I then moved on to the PLAB 2 online video course where Dr Aman goes through individual systems and how to approach them – again a very helpful review of highlights that I needed to learn. by the end of the sessions I truly understood what GMC means by ‘safe doctor’. Dr. Arora goes through multiple live role-play case types and you can see how a doctor working in the UK would approach different scenario types. The use of ‘safe doctor’ is very limited in the practice I have done so far; it is usually reserved for errors in clinical judgment or medication dosing, but in the PLAB 2 context there are multiple uses for that word – and you truly learn it from the best with the help of Dr. Aman.

I am not a confident person. I get nervous and often flustered in stressful situations. So I realised that I must do multiple mocks as I knew this was the best approach for me. I enrolled for multiple mocks. I attended 3 mocks with the Arora team. There are not enough words to thank this lovely team! The Arora tutors have this unique ability to give you incredibly useful feedback in the form of virtual hugs. They were kind and patient and went through extra scenarios with me when I asked doubts regarding scenarios. I was extremely nervous when I attended my last mock because it was so close to my exam. The tutor kept reassuring me that I was on the right track and then helped me modify certain aspects of my consultation. Their mocks are the most helpful thing you can do before the exam because the feedback is neither sugar-coated nor is it outright brutal – they really helped me to focus and boosted my morale.

Click here for more details and samples of the Arora PLAB 2 Gold Package.

Click here for our all-in-one Academy+ Package (which contains two mocks as part of the package). 

How I Cleared my PLAB 2 exam in the first attempt – Dr Anu Jacob

Day of the exam

If I tell you to be calm, I feel like I am lying because I was not calm myself! We all know  you can’t be truly calm as it is a high stakes exam! But what you should not do is PANIC and carry the previous station to the next station.

Before I entered the exam hall I kept telling myself that I know what the stakes are, and I understand that the result can go either way, but I will not panic. I will try and give it my all but will not panic. This could be your last attempt, there could be a huge financial investment here, but panicking will not help your cause at all. I completely butchered a few stations; I was not able to do them well at all, but I refused to allow these stations to impact me on to the next station. At the end of the day, the exam is marked as a collective experience and not based on one or two stations. So do not fret and move on. Keep mumbling to yourself onwards and upwards.

How I Cleared my PLAB 2 exam in the first attempt – Dr Anu Jacob

And finally…

I hope you found some benefit in reading my internal monologue about the PLAB-2 exam. As I mentioned in the beginning everybody has a unique journey on this route and this is what I did and my choices certainly helped me out. 

I hope that no matter wherever in this journey you are, you find some happiness and joy in the process. Trust Arora and you’ll be fine. All the best guys 🙂

How I Cleared my PLAB 2 exam in the first attempt – Dr Anu Jacob

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, Live course, 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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