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What to do after PLAB 1?

Congratulations if you have passed your PLAB 1 exam! First of all I hope you take time to celebrate! Passing PLAB 1 is no small achievement – one that you have no doubt sacrificed time, effort and energy in passing. 

So what should you be doing next – once the focus shifts back on your goal of coming to the UK?

Familiarise yourself with the next step – PLAB 2

You may already have looked into the next exam in your journey. If you haven’t then this blog will get things started: What is PLAB 2 and How to Prepare

If looking for resources, our most comprehensive package is our PLAB 2 Gold Pass Package

When ready, you can now login into your GMC account and book your PLAB 2 exam! 

When should I book PLAB 2?

PLAB 2 can only be taken in the UK, so you need to ensure you have enough time to get your documents ready to enable you to travel to the UK.

The most important part of this process is arranging your Visa and accommodation. 

It is therefore wise to book your exam date accordingly to a) ensure you have enough time to get everything in order as well as b) prepare for the exam properly.

Costs to think about before coming for PLAB 2?

There are 4 main costs to consider:

– Visa application fees
EPIC verification
– Travel costs
– Accommodation costs based on duration of stay
– PLAB 2 course/resource fees

Be positive in your mindset and believe you will pass PLAB 2. 

It is important to think of the steps after PLAB 2 at this point, such as applying for GMC registration. After arranging your visa, I would recommend considering your EPIC verification application for your – needed for GMC registration. This can be a lengthy process and will be one less thing to worry about when applying for GMC registration – once you know you have passed PLAB 2 results. 

It is also important to consider accommodation costs – both whilst you prepare for PLAB 2 (if attending a UK course/academy) as well as your stay in the UK to take the actual exam. Some candidates make the mistake of only booking accommodation for a course/academy and the exam – don’t forget that you will most likely also need time after a course to reinforce learning points and practice before the exam. 

Fees for courses and resources will inevitably vary depending on your choice. Of course attending face-to-face academies remains a popular choice – though decisions such as whether attending in your home country vs in the UK, or attending a 5 day vs 12 day programme can make a big difference. All of our PLAB 2 courses and resources – both live and pre-recorded – are designed for you to use wherever you are in the world. 

Clinical Attachments

Many doctors try to make the most of their UK stay whilst here for their PLAB 2 exam, and so may decide to do a clinical attachment after their exam. 

This is often a good idea as it can help to increase your chances of getting a job in the UK, as well as help you familiarise yourself with the NHS. 

However if this is something you wish to do, it is another process that needs to be planned and you will need to book your accommodation accordingly. Our blog on clinical attachments covers how to apply and costs involved

In summary after PLAB 1 think about the following things

– Take time out to celebrate your success
Book your PLAB 2 exam allowing enough time to arrange visa and accommodation
– Think about the duration of your stay and if you need to book any courses – our PLAB 2 courses can be done from your own home and can save you costs on accommodation
– Consider completing your EPIC verification if eligible
– Think about booking a clinical attachment
– Consider planning enough time for you to explore the UK and relax after giving the exam

All the best with your preparations. If you want more information about the PLAB 2 exam and how to maximise your chances of passing please read our PLAB 2 blog!

About us

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 portfolio GP based in Birmingham. She has held local and national roles in her Medico-Political background fighting for GP trainee and GP rights. Her roles have included:

  • 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

* Blogs written by Dr Aman and Dr Pooja Arora are not for professional, financial or medical advice. Please seek appropriate professional, legal or financial advice where appropriate *


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