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How I Passed PLAB 2 with 13/16 stations: Dr Royal Wilson

If you are a doctor preparing for your GMC PLAB 2 exam, this blog is a must to help you pass. We are lucky to have Dr Royal Wilson – an IMG (International Medical Graduate) doctor who recently passed his PLAB 2 exam – passing 13 stations and scoring 117 – share his experience of how he prepared and passed first time…

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How I Passed PLAB 2 with 13/16 stations: Dr Royal Wilson

Introduction

Hi, I am Dr Royal Wilson and I recently passed my PLAB 2 exam. I am a medical graduate from India and am currently working at one of the private hospitals. I have two years experience after graduation and currently aim to secure a job in the NHS as an FY2 doctor. I aspire to join GP training in the NHS.

How I Passed PLAB 2 with 13/16 stations: Dr Royal Wilson

My PLAB Journey

I took my OET exam in November and passed my PLAB 1 exam in the following August. To see our PLAB 1 resources click here. Despite significant delays due to the Covid pandemic, I was lucky to secure a seat for PLAB 2 in the middle of the following year. 

My results were announced three weeks after the exam and I passed 13 out of 16 stations and scored 117 marks. Needless to say I was really jubilant when I saw the word pass – it was a huge relief lifted off my shoulders.

How I Passed PLAB 2 with 13/16 stations: Dr Royal Wilson

My PLAB 2 Preparation

Determined to pass this exam in the first attempt, I embarked on the PLAB 2 journey as soon as I got my PLAB 1 results. I started reading notes from various sources but felt as if I was missing out on something. I also attended a full academy course to get an overall view of how to prepare. 

At this early stage I also discovered Dr Aman Arora’s free videos on YouTube and started watching them in between breaks whilst working at the hospital. The way he explained things in those short videos made everything seem so simple and easy. 

After watching the videos, I next decided to book a live Arora session. Here the concise points explained in each scenario helped me a ton during the exam – I could literally hear his voice in my head during the exam. The feedback that he provides during the practice session really gives an extra edge in the exam.

At this point I chose the full Arora PLAB 2 Gold Package which included many resources such as video courses, flashcard decks, case banks and audiobook set. In combination, these proved a great way to revise various scenarios and situations – which ultimately helped me to retain stuff better. For our more advanced Arora Academy+ Package (including live teaching and mocks) click here.

After watching all the course videos repeatedly, as well as practicing scenarios regularly with friends, I thought of giving an Arora Mock a try – the feedback and the inputs that were provided by the Arora tutor really helped me to polish key concepts at the last minute and gave me the confidence that I really needed before my exam. To see available mock slots click here

Dr Aman didn’t only help with exam preparation but also personally replied and addressed all my doubts as well. After taking the Gold Package and Mock, I have  recommended their PLAB 2 resources to all of my friends – in particular the newer and full Academy programme. In particular the interpersonal skills that he taught not only helped me to ace the exam, but it helped me improve my everyday practice as a doctor. 

In summary I would say he made the journey which seems quite impossible at times into a very smooth one.

To see our most comprehensive Academy+ Package click here. For our comprehensive Digital PLAB 2 Gold Package click here.

How I Passed PLAB 2 with 13/16 stations: Dr Royal Wilson

Key things I learnt during my preparation

1. Confidence is key to ace this exam. No matter what, do not lose your confidence. Go inside with a Mickey Mouse smile and make the patient feel as comfortable as possible.

2. Reading scripts is useful but not to fully rely on them. Not missing the red flags is also really vital. Watch this video which covers how blindly following scripts doesn’t always work.

3. Explaining things to patients in the simplest language – eg about their diagnosis, further investigations or management plan – is the most important thing. Too much medical jargon can harm the rapport. The PLAB 2 Academy+ package contains both our ‘How to Explain’ audiobook as well as Medical Explanation flashcards which may help here.

4. No matter what people say practice, practice and then practice more! Mocks helped me to finalise my plans.

5. Try to always address psychosocial issues as they form a vital part of the management.

6. Concentrate on interpersonal skills, demonstrate that you are an empathetic doctor and don’t be robotic. Be the doctor that you would want to see attending yourself. This video covers how to be more empathetic in your consultations. 

How I Passed PLAB 2 with 13/16 stations: Dr Royal Wilson

Clinical Attachment

I did one month of clinical attachment at Coventry University Hospital in the nephrology department. I learnt a lot including how to interact with the patients as well as explaining procedures. I was also given opportunities with various procedures such as venous cannulation, arterial blood sampling and catheterisation. By doing the attachment I felt I got a better insight into the functioning of the NHS and the core responsibilities of a doctor. Read all about getting a clinical attachment here.

How I Passed PLAB 2 with 13/16 stations: Dr Royal Wilson

Things to sort out before leaving for UK

It is very important to arrange basic stuff such as accommodation, money and food as early as possible – during the preparation phase these things should not come in the way. It is also always better to form a group so that you can practice everyday (and night if possible!). 

Overall, although it is deemed as a difficult exam, it is an enjoyable journey – just don’t forget to take breaks and go for walks.

How I Passed PLAB 2 with 13/16 stations: Dr Royal Wilson

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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