PLAB 2 FAQs

PLAB 2 FAQs2018-12-04T12:42:28+00:00
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Frequently asked questions about our PLAB 2 online and face to face courses

The course begins with a thorough explanation of the PLAB 2 exam, what the examiners are looking for, and how to approach the exam in a way that will help you to be successful.

The course the explores each major skill that will be tested in the exam – such as history taking, or performing a practical procedure – with in depth teaching on what the examiners are looking for, and exactly what you can do as a candidate to score maximum marks. Each area has associated example videos that demonstrate good practice.

History taking

  • General approach to history taking PLAB 2 OSCEs
  • Paediatric history taking
  • Psychiatric history taking
  • Gynaecological, obstetric and sexual history taking

 

Clinical examination

  • General approach to clinical examination PLAB 2 OSCEs
  • Medical and Surgical examinations
  • Orthopaedic examinations
  • Mental state examinations

 

Practical Procedures

  • General approach to practical procedure PLAB 2 OSCEs
  • Suturing
  • Intravenous cannulation
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Urethral catheterisation

 

Communication

  • General approach to communication PLAB 2 OSCEs 
  • Breaking bad news 
  • Angry patients and relatives
  • Demanding patients 

 

Acute Care

  • General approach to acute care PLAB 2 OSCEs 
  • ABCDE approach
  • Trauma care
  • Basic Life Support

 

PLAB 2 OSCE Skills

  • Differential diagnosis
  • Formulating management plans
  • Patient consent
  • Patient counselling
  • Handover and Referral
  • Presenting to the examiner 
  • Sources of Information

 

Ethics

  • Consent
  • Confidentiality
  • Capacity

We respond to feedback from candidates to continually improve the course. We also review recent PLAB 2 examinations to ensure our content reflects the type of stations appearing in the exam.

The General Medical Council will expect you to know how to manage scenarios within the setting of the NHS, and using UK guidelines. We will provide you with this throughout the course.

No! Here at Bromley Emergency we have been teaching OSCE skills to doctors for over 12 years. We have never needed to teach candidates a “script” to pass a station, yet have ensured great success in post-graduate examinations, including PLAB.

The General Medical Council specifically state that they will mark down candidates using stock phrases – instead they want to see real clinical skills and interaction with the patient, and that is exactly what we teach.

Yes! Our course provides you with the skills to pass ANY station, no matter what it is. We focus on the PLAB 2 curriculum and exactly what the examiners are looking for, so you will know how to score maximum marks.

Our Bromley Emergency PLAB 2 faculty consists of current NHS doctors. We have designed the course to teach the skills required to be a safe and competent doctor in the UK – the skills we use EVERY DAY in our clinical practice. On top of this we bring our 12 years of experience in teaching people the skills required to pass OSCEs, including the PLAB 2.

This course will help you to succeed in the PLAB 2 exam, and benefit you when you begin working in the NHS.

Observations refers to the routine clinical observations that should be conducted on all patients. These are:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Respiratory Rate
  • Oxygen Saturations
  • Temperature

The term “observations” is routinely used in UK practice so the examiner will understand what you mean. We advise you inform the examiner you would like to see the patient’s observations for every clinical examination, and when necessary as part of a patient’s management plan.

It is not our intention to teach you 270 stations, because we don’t believe this is a suitable way to train for the PLAB 2 exam, nor could that be done in 2 months. Neither do we intend to teach you a script for all the PLAB 2 scenarios. The GMC are adamant that they do not want to see this from candidates.

Over the two days we will teach you the skills, and the structure that the GMC want to see when candidates approach the different disciplines in the OSCE scenarios. This will mostly be done in practical hands-on sections carried out by you, followed by feedback, rather than you sitting in front of lectures. For example, we could teach you how to pass an elbow, knee, or hip exam OSCE, but instead we will teach you how to complete any Orthopaedic examination OSCE, by following a structure and format that is practiced throughout UK medicine, and is what the GMC want to see carried out by PLAB 2 candidates.

I am afraid we do not offer practice periods, the only thing we offer are the courses. This is because in our experience, after completing our course you should not need further practice. We are also continuously running coursers for doctors at other points in their training, and therefore we simply do not have the availability.

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