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Irish PLAB

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Assessment Examination
English component
Medical component
Exam centers

Doctors intending to work in Ireland must first apply to the Medical council of Ireland regarding their eligibility and the need to undergo assessment examination.

Following are the information regarding the assessment scheme as outlined by the

medical council.

The assessment is structured to assess the candidate's ability to demonstrate professional knowledge and clinical judgment along with English language skills.

The subjects which are tested in the clinical components include

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

This assessment scheme comprises of two basic components.

English Language component
Medical component
English Language component

The candidate's fluency in English will be assessed by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Modules. The test consists of four modules: Listening (30 minutes), Academic Reading (60 minutes), Academic Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (15 minutes).

Medical component

This comprises of three sections:

1. Multiple choice questions

The Multiple Choice Question paper will consist of 60 questions with a total of 5 stems per question.

The questions will be divided evenly among the following subjects: Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Psychiatry and Paediatrics.

The examination will last for two-and-a-half hours.

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2. Oral medical assessment

This test assesses the candidate's clinical knowledge and communication skills.( 20 minutes duration).

The test will be conducted by two medical assessors.

One assessor will be drawn from a medical or surgical discipline while the other will be drawn from paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology or psychiatry.

3. Clinical Examination

This test in the form of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE ) and lasts for 90 minutes.

Candidates rotate through a series of task units or stations, so that for any one station all candidates are assessed on the same issues by the same examiners.

At each station, the candidate is directly observed performing tasks such as:

taking history
performing physical examination
demonstrating a practical procedure
Interpreting a chest x-ray, ECG or lab results
Patient management/ education exercises
There will be 15 stations in total including 2 rest stations. Each station is of 6 minutes duration.

Examination centers

The assessments are held in rotation in Dublin, Galway and Cork and take place on four occasions each year in one of these centers, provided there are a sufficient number of applicants for each assessment.

The IELTS test usually takes place on the first day and the medical components usually take place on the second and third days.

Candidates should allow 3-4 days to ensure completion of all components of the Assessment Scheme within the same assessment period.


Each candidate will be permitted four attempts at the Assessment Scheme.
Candidates who fail the medical component severely will not be permitted to re-sit the Assessment Scheme for a period of six months. Other failed candidates may re-sit the Assessment Scheme at the next available opportunity. A candidate who fails the medical component severely at the third attempt will not be allowed to re-sit the Assessment Scheme for two years.
The Medical Council, on being furnished with the Assessment Scheme result by the Medical School/Royal College, will notify the candidate by letter, as soon as possible, whether the result is pass or fail. No diploma or certificate will be issued to successful candidates.

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