What to Know before taking PLAB

Here are some of the things that you must and must know before clearing PLAB examination:

What are the primary prerequisites of working as a doctor in the UK?

All doctors hoping to work in the UK must apply for their GMC Registration number and contact the General Medical Council on the following number + 44 161 923 6602.

What is the General Medical Council?

The General Medical Council is a body that registers and keep record of the doctors to practise medicine in the United Kingdom (UK) and also govern the PLAB examination.

What is the entry level requirement for PLAB?

Before applying for the PLAB examination, you must fulfill the following criterions:

  • A well accredited medical qualification.
  • If you are outside the European Economic Area, you must pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and have 12 month clinical experience at a postgraduate (PG) level from a hospital approved by the medical registration authority in your home or native country.
  • You may also apply for the PLAB exam without this 12 month experience but you have to take Foundation Years Training in the UK to compensate the same.

How to apply for the PLAB examination?

To apply for PLAB, either contact the General Medical Council on + 44 161 923 6602 or refer PLAB Official Website

What are the fees to apply for the PLAB examination?

The fees as of 2008, is Pound 145 for PLAB Part 1. Refugee doctors are free from paying the fee.

Is there any assurance of a job after completing the PLAB examination?

No, the UK medical job market is very competitive indeed. You must take this into consideration when undertaking your PLAB exam.