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#51 MaLtMD

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 06:57 PM

Is it advisable to take the PLAB 2 test right after getting the PLAB 1 test results?

was it hard?

I've read the PLAB 1 revision books and some sample questions over the GMC website, it was really different.

I'm planning to take the IELTS two weeks from now without any reviews.. advisable kaya?

Anyway, I've asked around. Ang advise sa akin was to have the IELTS, and PLAB 1&2 done. Mas mataas daw yung chance mo to find clinical attachment if you have these, and if accepted the hospital would be the one who would arrange the visa for you.

As said in the previous post, iba yung training in the UK. The UK Med students have FY1 and FY2 which is needed to be able to become a specialist. I'm not sure kung anong equivalent nito sa training sa atin.

And maganda daw ang pay ng GP in the UK. Because the NHS requires every citizen to have one GP. The GP are the ones who would refer to a specialist. Kapag tapos na ang treatment with the specialist, sa GP na ulit yung follow up mo. That is what I've observed here.

Edited by MaLtMD, 02 January 2012 - 07:03 PM.


#52 jahfuhmeh

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 01:05 PM

I'm planning of practicing in the uk but wanted to know first the availability as of 2012? And is there any reviews on work performances of filipinos there? Tnx

#53 dr. mcflurry

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:12 AM

Read this first before taking PLAB.

http://www.dailymail...ning-posts.html

#54 lizgatch

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:20 AM

Is it advisable to take the PLAB 2 test right after getting the PLAB 1 test results?

was it hard?

I've read the PLAB 1 revision books and some sample questions over the GMC website, it was really different.

I'm planning to take the IELTS two weeks from now without any reviews.. advisable kaya?

Anyway, I've asked around. Ang advise sa akin was to have the IELTS, and PLAB 1&2 done. Mas mataas daw yung chance mo to find clinical attachment if you have these, and if accepted the hospital would be the one who would arrange the visa for you.

As said in the previous post, iba yung training in the UK. The UK Med students have FY1 and FY2 which is needed to be able to become a specialist. I'm not sure kung anong equivalent nito sa training sa atin.

And maganda daw ang pay ng GP in the UK. Because the NHS requires every citizen to have one GP. The GP are the ones who would refer to a specialist. Kapag tapos na ang treatment with the specialist, sa GP na ulit yung follow up mo. That is what I've observed here.


I have passed both PLAB1 and 2, and have done clinical attachment as well, pero as of now mashado strict ang UK immigration regarding international medical graduates, kc mas uunahin nila iconsider ang mga EU graduates pagdating sa mga job applications kaya til now e wla pa din ako mahanap na employer na magspponsor sa mga limited lng ang stay dito sa UK.
ang FY1 is equivalent to our medical internship sa philippines. so kung meron ka na dito full registration with license to practice, pwedeng FY2 na ung entry mo. kung gusto mo naman mag apply for specialty training kelangan mo pa hintayin ung round 2 application which happens after round 1 kung kulang pa ung mga applications from EU doctors which never happens naman. kaya i think mahirap makuha ng specialty training post dito ngayon sa UK.

#55 ProtoMD

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:40 AM

I'm planning of practicing in the uk but wanted to know first the availability as of 2012? And is there any reviews on work performances of filipinos there? Tnx


Maybe the more approriate question when even UK citizens of UK university still find it hard to find specialty posting since 2007 .....................................is UK still open for non- EU citizens?

Edited by ProtoMD, 18 March 2012 - 02:41 AM.


#56 MaLtMD

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:38 AM

thanks Doc!

I just took PLAB 1 few days ago. Ang hirap... Pero i'm hoping to pass.

Yung PLAB2 is purely clinical skills?

Is it hard to find a clinical attachment?

Kapag FY2 ba, do I have to pay for it?

Plan ko kasi is the GP path if ever.

Edited by MaLtMD, 25 March 2012 - 10:41 AM.


#57 vanitoso

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:21 PM

Hello everyone! I am Filipina, graduated medicine in Pinas but soon I will be European citizen. Does anybody here knows if I should take PLAB even I am european citizen already or I will be exempted? Help!

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:45 PM

thanks Doc!

I just took PLAB 1 few days ago. Ang hirap... Pero i'm hoping to pass.

Yung PLAB2 is purely clinical skills?

Is it hard to find a clinical attachment?

Kapag FY2 ba, do I have to pay for it?

Plan ko kasi is the GP path if ever.


help naman po on how to have PLAB....

#59 drmodify

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:10 AM

To all those successful in the UK and practicing could you tell us the status quo regarding the difficulty in practicing there? I read the news a year ago that its hard because they are prioritizing the locals first but a relative of mine who works in a hospital says that although it would seem difficult there still is a chance because most doctors claim that there still isn't enough doctors... any thoughts on that? thanks

#60 crow624

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:53 PM

Hi! Ian I am planning to take the plab next year? I have some reviewers with me? Can you suggest a list of reviewers so I could get a hold of them early on. Thanks.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:34 PM

Hello everyone! I am Filipina, graduated medicine in Pinas but soon I will be European citizen. Does anybody here knows if I should take PLAB even I am european citizen already or I will be exempted? Help!


Hey, I think you still need to take the PLAB test because you've graduated from a medical school outside of the UK/EU. However, the good thing is, you might not be tied down with immigration problems at all. :)

I'm glad I found this thread! I'm a UK citizen and I came here with my mum (who's a nurse) when I was 16. Medicine wasn't originally in my plans, but after graduating from uni and working in a path lab at the hospital, I've decided to study medicine. Because I have already done a first degree, I am not qualified in getting any more student loans/tuition fee loans for a second degree. And sadly, my mum and I just don't have enough finances to pay £9,000 each year for tuition fees alone.

I have been seriously considering going home to the Philippines to study med there ( as I believe we've got one of the best medical trainings availablePosted Image ) . The only thing holding me back is the prospects of getting a job when I come back here in the UK. Being realistic, I know for a fact that registration/qualification rules for internationally qualified doctors might change 5 years from now.

But I would like to hear some advice from Filipino doctors who have successfully gained entry into the UK medical system. How did you guys do it? I know it'll be hard when coming back, but even then, it IS possible right?

#62 Jee-Y

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 05:32 PM

thanks Doc!

I just took PLAB 1 few days ago. Ang hirap... Pero i'm hoping to pass.

Yung PLAB2 is purely clinical skills?

Is it hard to find a clinical attachment?

Kapag FY2 ba, do I have to pay for it?

Plan ko kasi is the GP path if ever.

Hi Dr. I'm planning to take the PLAB, but I don't know where to get reviewers etc.? Maybe you can help me on some tips? Thanks :)



#63 Jee-Y

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 03:40 AM

Hi steth.

Yes I took the Philippine Boards in August 2001, and took the PLAB in Sept 2002. I only decided to take the PLAB on Feb 2002, and the earliest test place I could book was Sept! I'm from UPCM Class 2001.

If you don't have friends and relatives in the UK, I suggest you FIND friends and relatives in the UK. As I mentioned above, the cost of living here is very high.

Training in the UK is different because of the National Health System. When you undergo training, you will be under the Royal College. Each speciality has it's own College. And you need to pass the membership exams to advance in your career. The Royal Colleges have a set of guidelines for training followed by every training hospital. So training is quite good here, as it is regulated.

There are lots of "foreign" doctors in every speciality here.
Internal Medicine and Surgery are quite popular but very competitive.
Psychiatry is also popular for foreign doctors.
There are lots of foreign doctors in Orthopaedics and Geriatric Medicine as well.

But basically, if you are determined and good, you can get into the speciality that you want here.

Ian

Hello Dr. Ian, 

Good day!

 

May I know where and how were you able to get hold of the reviewers for the PLAB tests? 

 

I believe the British guidelines are different from our guidelines here which follow the western/Us guidelines



#64 gem75

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 02:12 AM

You can try checking previous exams ng PLAB from two online websites:

 

Rxpgonline

 

aippg

 

I can recall but I'm not sure of plans/changes in format of exam whether MCQ type questions will stay the same setup or progressing to Adaptive type like nclex or the amc?

 

Plab 1 - repetitive topics (Oxford Handbook of CS and CM)

 

Plab 2 - uk style osce stations, easy for english-speaking filipinos

 

Plab 1 - in London/Manchester? also in overseas previous colonial Uk countries (please check gmc.org.uk)

 

Plab 2 - in Manchester only

 

Good luck.



#65 drmodify

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 09:33 AM

Any updates on this regarding the ease of getting a job or immigration? Has the needs shifted? Is it easier? Ive searched the NHS website and it seems there are alot of vacanies

#66 gem75

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 06:46 AM

For those who are interested in Uk nhs practice, remember not to expect for Training positions. It is still possible to get non training posts.

After Plab2, anyone can get interview by phone from nhs hospitals.

This can lead to Sponsorship letter. 

In summary, it is still possible to get Non training posts in the nhs.



#67 gem75

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 06:49 AM

Immigration is separate area.

If after plab2 your plab visa expires, you need to go back home to follow immigration rules. If accepted for an nhs post, the immigration will provide working visa Tier2.



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Posted 23 May 2015 - 07:48 AM

I also want to mention nhsjobs online. After plab2 you are now eligible to register with gmc, you indicate this in your nhs jobs applicn because there is filter disallowing applicants without plab2 pass. This is for you to complete input on a nhsjobs applicn, you can do several applications, 1-2 posts facility might contact you afterwards.



#69 Runs4slic

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 08:35 AM

I also want to mention nhsjobs online. After plab2 you are now eligible to register with gmc, you indicate this in your nhs jobs applicn because there is filter disallowing applicants without plab2 pass. This is for you to complete input on a nhsjobs applicn, you can do several applications, 1-2 posts facility might contact you afterwards.


Magandang Araw mga fellow MDs in diaspora,

I appreciate ur posts doc, I find them very helpfulf. I would like to know how ur journey to gmc registration went. From plab 1 to ur first nhs job. If u could shed some light on that i would be deeply thankful.
I have recently moved to the UK in order to ge GMC registration. I just sat for the PLAB 1 exam and i'm expecting results (positive Godwilling). I could would appreciate some help in getting a clinical attachment as I prepare for the 2nd part. Any info will be of great help as I do not know much about the NHS. Thanks.

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Posted 10 July 2015 - 08:36 AM

Hi everyone! I'm sort of a newbie here. My account has been inactive for years because I almost gave up! Anyways, I passed my PLAB last 2006. But last February, I got a job offer in Hereford. Dr. fieryfjord, I'd like to ask sana for some pointers! Tentatively, I will start on August 10. THANKS!

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 05:00 AM

Hello everyone! I am a recent passer of cardiology boards in the Philippines. I have applied for a subspecialty trainiing there at St. Barts hospital and the training director is just waiting for me to complete my GMC registration.

I am still taking IELTS exam this April 30 and soon after I get the results, i will register for PLAB 1. I am hoping to take the exam in June 2015 if it will still be open by middle of May then (when I have my IELTS result). Does anyone of you have any idea how soon the PLAB registration closes? Is it possible for me to take the exam as soon as June 15? Or I will possibly be able to register for September PLAB?

 

Hoping someone can shed some light for me. Thanks.



#72 gem75

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Posted 30 August 2016 - 05:08 PM

This is late reply.

 

Paki google - gmc uk

you will find gen med council uk website, you can get all info  there.

 

It depends if ur planning to get Plab 1 outside UK, or in UK. There is annual schedule you will see on the website.

I would recommend you get plab 1 offshore(not in Uk) you will better use 6 month visa for your plab2, Within 1 month of taking OSCE Plab 2 sa Manchester, you'd rather wisely spend the remaining period of your plab visa of six months applying directly to nhs hospitals, make use of your filipino connections like friend doctors and nurses, maximize google for nhs observership/clinical attachment. Maximize nhsjobs website.

Why maximize for plab 2?

 

If you're having plab1 for your first plab visa six months, after passing the exam, you will book for the plab 2. Visa is very strict, after 6 months you need to go home to renew for another 6 months.



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 11:49 AM

hi everyone,

Where can i get reviewers for PLAB 1 exam?

Im planning to take it this November in Dubai. 

 

Thanks