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How I passed 15 of 16 PLAB 2 stations with no academy – Dr Sarita

If you are a doctor preparing for your GMC UKMLA PLAB 2 exam, this this blog is a must to help you pass. We are lucky to have Dr Sarita – an IMG (International Medical Graduate) doctor who recently passed her PLAB 2 exam – passing 15 out of 16 stations and scoring 136 – share her experience of how she prepared and passed first time…

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

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How I passed 15 of 16 PLAB 2 stations with no academy – Dr Sarita

Introduction

Hi I’m Sarita. I graduated quite a while ago from an English program in Poland. I went into a career in clinical research for quite some time after that, however, I always wanted to be in clinical medicine and currently I am in my first year of NHS foundation training.

How I passed 15 of 16 PLAB 2 stations with no academy – Dr Sarita

PLAB Exams

To be honest I didn’t know where to start when I decided that I wanted to get back into clinical medicine as I had a gap. After emailing the GMC about my situation, I was told the Foundation Year pathway would be best for me as I had not done an internship anywhere. I started on the UKFPO program website and realised that I needed to take the PLAB exams. I had only heard of PLAB in brief before but even though I am not social media savvy at all I have to say taking these exams have allowed to me to reach people from across the world who have helped me in my journey. To find out all about PLAB, click here.

My application process started during COVID so like many others getting a slot was a task. I was however able to take my PLAB 1 exam in September and cleared it in the first attempt. I took my PLAB 2 exam in April (this was my one and only available attempt as it was one month before the deadline of the program requirements – so let’s just say pressure was on!). I was very relieved to find out I passed 15/16 stations with a score of 136 (96 being the pass score).

How I passed 15 of 16 PLAB 2 stations with no academy – Dr Sarita

How I prepared for PLAB

Being off cycle, I initially heavily relied on YouTube and chat groups to learn the process of passing the PLAB exams.

Early on I came across Dr. Arora’s videos and free webinars during my PLAB 1 preparation. I joined some live sessions too and his method of teaching was something that didn’t just give me the “right answer” but reinforced it and it helped me retain things better – to the point that I even remember them during ward rounds now. I also took the Arora UKMLA PLAB 1 mock package and that definitely helped me understand some key concepts, NICE guidelines and pharmacology. For our most comprehensive UKMLA PLAB 1 Ultimate Package, click here

With PLAB 1 being an MCQ exam I felt at least I had some control, but PLAB 2 was a whole different beast and I had to start from scratch.

After having a great experience with the PLAB 1 material I fully put my trust in the comprehensive Arora UKMLA PLAB 2 Gold package as I chose not to join an academy – because at the start of preparation I had no idea what ICE even was and I knew I needed a lot of help!

Right after I signed up I started using the flashcards – I first went through both sets for about 2-3 weeks – these helped me see what the test is like and things we might have to discuss with patients (both clinical and non-clinical). Following this I watched the online course videos (several scenarios per day) and then went over them with the appropriate cards. I did this process two times over. I then attended a live session with Dr Aman – and since my PLAB 2 date then got postponed, I attended an additional one as well. 

If you ARE looking for a UKMLA PLAB 2 Academy, then our Academy+ Package page has all the relevant details.

How I passed 15 of 16 PLAB 2 stations with no academy – Dr Sarita

How the Arora Gold Package benefited me in the real exam

The Gold Package is where all the preparation came together for me for the following reasons:

1. Your quickly realise there are a lot of things happening at a time in a single case, a mix of psychosocial and clinical/medical, this wasn’t something I was able to see in other “mock videos”.

2. I understood what Dr. Arora meant about “issues on the table” which came up in my real exam where more than the medical issue, safety netting was more important. 

3. I tend to dwell on things and from the first station after the live course I remembered that I can’t do anything about what is already done – I learned to let go and I treated the next station as a fresh start. 

4. I also liked that Dr. Arora reinforced how everyone has their own style and there is not one way to handle a station. If you take care of the patient or situation as a whole, you don’t need to memorise a certain order for all stations. I did follow his advice and talked to the patient like I would in a clinic or hospital. For me this was crucial as most times when the conversation flowed naturally, important things like red flags, social issues and ICE (ideas/concerns/expectations) came flowing out of the patient. 

5. It was helpful that Dr. Arora is good at acting for the clinical scenarios and you felt the pressure or resistance from the patient – equally in the exam it wasn’t always rosy. 

6.I felt very supported and felt like I could ask questions on email/Instagram at any point – especially when those last-minute thoughts and doubts come into your mind close to the exam. 

With my experience with both PLAB 1 and PLAB 2, I would hands down take a future course with Dr. Arora as I am very impressed with the generosity of free material that he is always providing – and from his sessions I definitely see his passion wanting to teach us any way that he can!

Good luck to anyone taking their exam soon! Wish you all the best.

If you ARE looking for a UKMLA PLAB 2 Academy, then our Academy+ Package page has all the relevant details

How I passed 15 of 16 PLAB 2 stations with no academy – Dr Sarita

How Arora can help you Pass UKMLA PLAB 2

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

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

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

To join our Free UKMLA PLAB 2 Telegram teaching group click here

For Dr Aman’s UKMLA 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!

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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