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What is the GMC UKMLA Exam?

If you have questions about the GMC UKMLA – UK Medical Licensing Assessment – then this blog if for you. We’ll be covering what the assessment is, when it begins, what it consists of and how it may impact your own journey – whether trained in the UK or abroad. 

If preparing for PLAB 1 then our resources are here.
If preparing for PLAB 2 then our resources are here
If preparing for medical school finals then our resources are here

What is the UKMLA?

The UK Medical licensing assessment is a new exam being introduced for all UK medical school graduates and International Medical Graduates. It has been designed to ensure that everyone has the right skills, core knowledge and behaviours to practise safely as a doctor in the UK. The UKMLA will be introduced in 2024 for IMG doctors (replacing the PLAB exams) and for UK medical students graduating in the academic year 2024-2025. 

It is made up of two parts – the AKT (applied knowledge test) and the CPSA (clinical professional and skills assessment). The dates of the exam will be determined by the UK medical schools for their own students, and for IMG doctors it will be similar to the PLAB exam in that dates will be available throughout the year.

What is the UKMLA AKT?

The Applied Knowledge test will be an onscreen exam consisting of multiple choice questions. This exam will test your clinical knowledge and ability to apply this knowledge in different medical scenarios. 

For UK graduates your medical school will let you know when you should take this exam as it will be incorporated as part of your degree.

For IMG doctors this will replace the PLAB 1 exam and you will be able to take this exam at approved centres worldwide.

What is the UKMLA CPSA?

The CPSA is the clinical and professional skills assessment. Depending on your medical school this may be called an OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) exam or OSLER (objective structured long examination record) exam. 

For IMG doctors this will replace the PLAB 2 assessment and will continue to take place at the GMC assessment centre in Manchester.

How much will the UKMLA cost?

For UK medical students there will be no extra charges for sitting the UKMLA exam as your medical school will have incorporated these charges into your medical school fees. 

For IMG doctors there will be a fee to take the exam – the exact costs are yet to be confirmed by the GMC.

Will I be able to resit the UKMLA?

For UK medical students this assessment will be considered part of your medical degree and so like other components of your degree, you would need to pass UKMLA to graduate from medical school. Resit policies are not yet fully known.

For IMG doctors the GMC has confirmed that you would be able to resit the UKMLA if necessary – however the maximum attempts are yet to be announced. 

Preparing for the UKMLA

The GMC has released the MLA content map, which has recently been updated based on feedback. The content map focuses on the skills, knowledge and behaviours one is expected to have when entering the UK Foundation Programme to practise medicine safely. 

Both the AKT and CPSA will test you based on the following domains:

  • – Areas of clinical practice
  • – Clinical and Professional Capabilities
  • – Areas of professional knowledge

To prepare for the UKMLA it is best to focus on the documents and headings highlighted in the MLA content map on the GMC website, but some details are below. 

Areas of Clinical Practice

Focuses on a range of clinical presentations and conditions that a Foundation doctor may face in a clinical setting. For example:

  1. i) a clinical presentation such as a chronic rash, memory loss or a breast lump
  2. ii) a specific condition such as asthma, lymphoma etc. 

The content map details further examples under this domain, reflecting the complexity of patient scenarios that a Foundation doctor may face whilst working.

Clinical and Professional Capabilities

This domain focuses on the ability to provide clinical care based on values detailed in the ‘GMC Good Medical Practice’, ‘Outcomes for Graduates’ and ‘Generic Professional Capabilities Network’ documents. The GMC expects doctors to practise with empathy and kindness whilst also tailoring care to individual patient needs and understanding their backgrounds – in essence providing holistic care. This domain will also test a doctor’s ability to perform practical skills and procedures in line with the Outcomes for Graduates document. 

Whilst this domain will be mainly tested in the CPSA part of the MLA it may also be tested in the AKT

Areas of Professional Knowledge

This domain refers to understanding and managing aspects of biomedical science as well as medical ethics and law. The MLA content map lists a number of areas that you will need to focus on relating to this domain eg. social and population health, human factors and quality improvement, microbiology, biochemistry etc.

Is UKMLA different to PLAB

The UKMLA will eventually replace the PLAB exams. Whilst they are different assessments, from initial information there appear to be similarities between the two. The AKT is an MCQ exam that can be taken in different countries (similar to PLAB 1) and the CPSA is an OSCE exam that is taken in the UK (similar to PLAB 2).

Will Arora Medical Education prepare me for the UKMLA?

In short, yes! Whether you are a UK medical student or if you have trained abroad as an IMG doctor, we are currently preparing materials to help with both of the UKMLA exams. 

If currently preparing for Medical school finals, PLAB 1 or PLAB 2, our resources can be found here

Summary

The UKMLA will set a common threshold for everyone to practise safe medicine in the UK. Whether you are a UK medical student or an IMG doctor your training will have most likely already covered the topics covered in the content map. 

Decisions such as whether to intercalate or whether to take the PLAB exam earlier should not be impacted by the UKMLA. The assessment is simply testing your ability to apply your clinical knowledge and expertise in various clinical scenarios that you may face as a UK foundation doctor to provide safe, holistic patient care – things that you need to know whether taking medical finals of PLAB. 

The UKMLA is still being reviewed and there may be more changes before it comes out in 2024. For updates we would suggest regularly reviewing the GMC website as well as staying in touch with us over social media as we will regularly be updating as changes are announced. 

About Dr Aman and Dr Pooja

Dr Aman Arora is a GP who is now 100% committed to transforming medical education, helping doctors across the globe to ace their exams and enhance their careers. He is proud to hold FRCGP (Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners). Previous roles include:

  • GP Training Programme Director
  • NHS GP Appraiser
  • GMC PLAB 2 Examiner
  • GP Recruitment Examiner
  • GP Recruitment Question-writer
  • HEWM IMG Board Member
  • HEWM Advanced MRCGP AKT Trainer

Dr Pooja Arora is a GP with a background in Medical Politics, passionately focusing on improving the opportunities and working conditions for junior doctors. Previous roles include:

  • Vice Chair Birmingham LMC
  • BMA Council Member
  • BMA General Practitioners Committee elected representative 
  • BMA Sessional GP Committee elected representative 
  • BMA National Deputy Policy lead for working at scale
  • HEE GP Ambassador
  • HEE GP Stage 3 Assessor
  • RCGP Midland Faculty AiT representative

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