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.
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