Take a deep breath. No, seriously. Do it. Inhale. Exhale. Good. Calm? Cool? Collected? Let’s proceed. You’ve completed PLAB 1, congratulations!! What do you mean, the results aren’t out yet? I already know you’ve passed. Now we must work on what is next- PLAB 2, GMC registration and your life as a doctor in the UK.

I know it may seem daunting, but don’t worry. Many have gone down this road, and there is always someone to help if you need it.

Planning for PLAB 2 and course

First and foremost, you have to take into consideration when you want to take the next exam, because at least 4-6 weeks before that date, you should start a PLAB 2 preparatory course (the course takes ~2-3 weeks, you practice for 2-4 weeks- that makes it 4-6 weeks). And don’t forget, you need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa (PLAB 2 Visa) as soon as you’ve booked your exam and course. I’ve discussed both topics here in how to plan for PLAB 2 & course.

Planning for UK Visa for PLAB 2

Applying for a UK Visa to appear in PLAB 2 is a huge ordeal. Please check out the UK Visa Guidance for PLAB 2 for further details, and be very certain about the finances that will be shown.

Planning for the documents for GMC registration

After visa things sorted out, you need to figure out all the papers you will need for your GMC registration after you successfully pass the second part. Here’s a post about the evidences needed for GMC registration application.

Arranging for EPIC verification

Your primary medical qualification will need to be verified by EPIC, a service by ECFMG. If you already haven’t done so, go ahead and start working on that now.

Here you will find how to go about doing this with ‘EPIC’ for GMC registration.

Planning for this and that

Next, all things considered, you need to sketch out a tentative expenditure guideline for while you will be in the UK. You need to find a place to stay, if you don’t have any family or friends to stay with, and also figure out how much you could potentially be spending on food, and future costs relating to travel expenses around London,and onward to Manchester for your PLAB 2 exam.

To summarize

  • Relax a little. You won’t have to actively do anything before your results come out.
  • Start planning for your UK visa application. Arrange for the documents you may need.
  • Gather enough resources to ensure you will have a comfortable stay.
  • Don’t think you need to start preparing for PLAB 2. The course you’ll take will be more than sufficient.

And most importantly!

Take a break. You deserve it!

35 thoughts on “What to do after PLAB 1”

  1. after completing PLAB 2 and getting a GMC registration if I want to get a non training job in the NHS is it easy for me to get work visa ? PS I am an Indian passport holder

    1. The work visa comes with the job. These are not two separate processes. If you manage to get a job, your employer will automatically sponsor your visa because they know your immigration status when they are hiring you.

  2. hi dr, I left my pg training in pakistan after one year due to some personal reasons in dec 2019. In 2020 Covid came and all of my plans shattered down. Anyhow I did oet plab 1 in 2020 and now my plab 2 is in dec 2021. Should I mention about my pg training and gap in career in my visa application as I think it will have a negative effect on visa processor and shows my non serious attitude towards career. What will be your advice for me?

    1. It is completely upto you. It is not mandatory to say everything in your visa application. You just have to show pertinent data that supports your visit to the UK.

  3. doctor if i did my plab1 exam can i do part time job in uk (like customer service or…etc) with same visa till i do my plab 2 exam

        1. I am not sure what you mean. Are you trying to legalize working in a visit visa, which is illegal by UK law?

      1. Thank you sir for your reply and also for this much faster reply. I am thinking about completing plab1 and doing fy2 job in uk and apply for plab2 there after few days. I am thinking like this because of financial issues. Is it possible sir

        1. You can’t get a job in the UK without GMC registration, which in your case would mean completing the PLAB exams first.

    1. No dude, in order to do fy2/work as a Doctor, you must need to pass Plab2 and get GMC registration ?? First …then you can do fy2/work

    1. This can only be seen after passing PLAB 1 in your GMC online account, but typically PLAB 2 is conducted every month, several times a week.

  4. Thank you so much..your blogs are very helpful…I am in a post graduation course at BSMMU,BD…if i take leave from my course,then is it necessary to add a NOC?? OR the leave record which mention the leave period will be sufficient ???

  5. hello Dr.Ivan, really helpful blog you got.
    i was wondering if it will be any problem if i take plab 1 before doing doing an internship at my home country.
    i plan to sit for the plab 1 exam this year immediately after i get my pmq, then go for internship at home right after, then plab 2 after completion of internship.

    1. Hi, glad the blog is of help to you. There is no problem in taking PLAB 1 before your internship so long as your PLAB 2 is completed within 2 years of passing PLAB 1.

    2. Thank you for your kind words.
      There is no problem with the plan you have, rather it’s ideal to appear PLAB 2 after completing internship. But remember to keep an eye on your IELTS expiration. That’s to be careful about when you put a gap between PLAB 1 and 2.
      Remember you have 2 years from the date you took PLAB 1, to “Pass” PLAB 2.

  6. Thanks brother for offering such a blog to us.
    Is it possible to give plab 2 examination during internship after successful completion of plab 1?

    1. It is possible. But won’t that be a gap in your internship? That’s why it is ideal to keep your internship continuous and take PLAB 2 after full completion.

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