Getting the Driving license(UK)

Driving Test has three parts:

  1. Apply for provisional driving license
  2. Theory test
  3. Practical test

1- Provisional driving license:

It costs £34 to apply online. You can pay by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card.

You’ll need to provide:

  1. ◦ an identity document unless you have a valid UK biometric passport
  2. ◦ addresses where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
  3. ◦ your National Insurance number if you know it

You’ll get a confirmation email from DVLA after you’ve applied.

Your licence should arrive within one week if you apply online.

To apply now Click here

2- Theory Test:

There are 2 parts of the test:

  1. Multiple choice questions
  2. Hazard perception- a video test about spotting hazards on the road

You book and take them as a single test. You must pass both parts to pass the test.

Passing criteria:

Its an easy exam to pass.

You’ll get the result at the test centre after taking the theory test. You must pass both parts to pass the test.

Multiple-choice questions

43 / 50 Pass mark

Hazard perception

44/75 Pass mark

To book your Theory test, You need your:

  1. ◦ UK driving licence number
  2. ◦ email address – you have to book by phone if you don’t have one
  3. ◦ credit or debit card

Car and motorcycle tests cost £23.

To book nowClick here

Preparing for Theory test:

  1. To do a Practice test Click here
  2. A wonderful site to prepare yourself for Theory test is K79. To open it Click here

Practical test:

You need your:

  1. UK driving licence number
  2. credit or debit card
  3. driving instructor’s personal reference number if you want to check they’re available

It will cost you £62 on week days and £75 on weekends.

You must have lived in England, Wales or Scotland for at least 185 days in the last 12 months before the day you take your test.

After passing your theory test you can book your practical test. However, you need to be ready to pass first.

So book driving lessons and start taking them and be a master of UK driving system first.

Which school or instructor to choose???

Well don’t worry, your preparation depends on you and the instructor you got. So don’t waste your money by booking the lessons with expensive or well known driving schools. Just search on google for the driving schools near you and select the cheapest one. Most of the schools charge £20 per hour.

Ask your instructor to take your mock tests so that you can get an idea of your improvements.

Book your practical test and get familiar to the location where your test centre is.

To book now Click here

Once you booked your test, you can change it free of cost 3 days before the booked date.

On the day of driving test

Be calm.

Be confident.

Control your nerves.

Try not to panic even if you made a mistake.

Till the last second be confident and careful.

You are allowed to do 14 minor mistakes so don’t worry.

However, I passed my driving test 🚗 with zero minor mistakes 😎 in my 2nd attempt. So if I can pass you can pass it too 😉.

All the best 👍🏻.

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PLAB 2

If you are super excited to start working in the NHS, and want to give PLAB2 as soon as possible then book your plab2 exam in the next second of seeing your pass result of PLAB1. Usually the results for PLAB1 are available on the site at 9-10 am (British time). It’s time to hurry up, check your results and book your plab2 ASAP.
Now look which dates are available and which one is suitable with your situation. Keep in mind, you need at least 3-4 weeks of PLAB2 preparation time after attending your course at the academy.
So taking into account of all the facts, book your exam.

My preparation was as follows:

  1. I got my plab1 results on 10th of October, I booked my plab2 for 17th of January.
  2. So I had roughly 3 months for preparation. I was confused as many of you right now, which academy to go with.
  3. However, after weighing pros and cons of each academy, I decided to go for common stations.
  4. I booked the batch NN of common stations, my course was from  3rd of December to 17th of December. I had exactly one month after the end of the course, to prepare and practice.
  5. I attended the intensive course of 2 weeks. Dr Hamed is such a hard working teacher, that I was really surprised why this man is doing this much for us….Anyways, May god bless him always.
  6. After the course, I wasted my 1 week taking rest and relaxing because the course was drenching honestly.
  7. Now I’m left with 3 weeks only….. Ohhhhhh loadssss of stress
  8. In these 3 weeks, I really pushed myself to do the very best. Firstly, I gave all the notes a read and then I practiced practiced and practiced until the day before exam.
  9. I tried to be very polite and smiling and focused on my facial expressions, and to follow the basic structure of different stations.
  10. So, in the exam I was stressed, of course but try not to be calm and relax and be  confident.
  11. All The patients were not exactly doing in the same way we expect them to do. I mean some of them were not really bothered and just wanted to finish the station off.
  12. don’t panic even if you messed up some stations or you feel you didn’t perform well. Because I was thinking that I have missed some steps of an examination station but I was surprised to see I got 12/12 in that station so you never know!!!
  13. After the PLAB2, you can book your ID check appointment. It takes usually 4 weeks to get the results of plab2. So you can book you ID check appointment after 6-8 weeks period depending on whether you have all your paper work ready or not.
  14. Now wait for the results of plab2 and get your good standing Certificate documents ready.
  15. All the very best for your PLAB2 results
  16. once you passed plab2, submit the application for good standing Certificate and get it done.

My Interview Experience and tips

Tips:

  • Be calm
  • Be confident
  • Be yourself
  • Smile 😊
  • Go through the emergencies given in the Oxford handbook of clinical medicine
  • Practice at least once the obvious questions which could be asked in any interview like where do you see yourself in 5/10 years etc
  • Dress formally
  • All the best 👍🏻

Experience:
First interview

19/03/18 (job offered)
ST1 Newcastle trust Hospital
Surgical rotations

3 stations:
1- Management & teaching:
Q1: you are in the operation theatre and your consultant told you that we can only operate one patient and we have to postpone the other in the list. What will you do?

Ans. I will inform my senior in the ward that we can only operate one patient. Then we will priorities which patient’s operation to postpone. After the final decision I will go to the patient, will apologise him and explain him the situation that this is the reason for not doing the surgery right now. I will try to clam him down as he would be upset and frustrated.
Q2: which patient will you postpone?

Ans. I have to look into the condition of both patients. Will compare the pros and cons for both patients of the delay. Will assess the risk. Then will priorities accordingly.
Q3: what will you tell the patient?

Ans. I will inform the patient that the surgery will not be done today because of this reason. I will apologise and I will ensure him that he would be operated in the first possible time. I will be around him for any help, he needs.
Q4: is it fair?

Ans. well it’s not fair but sometimes it’s because we can’t really do anything about it. e.g if anaesthetist is not available.
Q5: is it common?

Ans. I am not sure about the situation here in UK but these things do happen in my home country. Then he said the situations are also same here, to be honest.
Q6: why such delays happen?

Ans. there are different factors which contribute for example lack of team members, lack of beds in the ward, lack of time e.g one surgery took more than the expected time etc.
Q7: tell us one of your experience of teaching someone, what you did, what was the feedback?

Ans. Once during my final year, my junior colleague came to me and asked me to demonstrate her how to do abdominal examination. I said her okay, I will teach her tomorrow. I reviewed the whole examination myself , organised the way to demonstrate and gave it full read from the book.

Next day, we went to the ward and I first explained her the things verbally. Then I performed the examination in step wise way and showed her each step. Then I asked her if she’s unsure about anything and asked her to do the examination in front of me. She made few mistakes which I corrected and at the end she was happy and satisfied.
Q8: you are teaching 1st year medical students, one of the student fainted, what will you do?

Ans. I will rescue the student who fainted, I will inform the management and will calm down the rest of the students. After making sure the fainted student is safe and is with management team, I will continue my class.
Q9: It’s the first day for the students to go in the dissection Hall and dissecting the dead bodies, how will you handle the situation?

Ans. I remember my first day in the dissection Hall, I was so scared thinking that the dead body might start talking. However, I will demonstrate my students the whole plan first, where we are going what we are going to do there etc. Then I will take them there and will keep the environment light making jokes like dead body is not gonna talk to any of us.

2- Clinical station:
A-Q1: Patient had a fall from 10 feet height, complaining of abdominal pain and is having tachycardia. How will you approach this patient?
Q2: what are you suspecting in this patient?
Q3: Which investigations will you do ?
Q4: this patient is in a cubicle, are you happy with it?
Q5: what are the nice guidelines regarding such patients?
Q6: What is modified ABC approach?
B- Q1: A patient had hip replacement surgery, your nurse colleague told you that your patient’s BP is dropping. How will you approach this patient?
Q2: How much fluid you will give him as bolus? (500ml)
Q3: How will you monitor your fluid is sufficient or helped the patient?
Q4: what should be your patient’s Urine output? 30ml/kg/hour
Q5: what could be the possible causes of hypotension in your patient?

3- Portfolio station:
1- Go through your CV
2- why we should select you?
3- Any distinctions or prizes you have got so far?
4- Is it important to have Certifications for the achievements?
5- do you have plans to do courses like ATLS from UK in future?
6- Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
7- tell us about your research project? ( I have done one during my graduation, so I talked about it briefly described each step)
8- tell us about the skills you got during your house job

2nd interview:

27/03/18 (job offered)
FY1 level 2 rotation general surgery
North tees trust foundation
Friarage Hospital
1- Tell me about yourself?
2- What you have learnt during your internship?
3- what do you think will be your responsibilities as FY1 ?
4- you are on call in the ward and you are seeing a patient. You have a bleep and nurse tells you it’s urgent come and see the patient. What will you do?
5- you are the only dr in the ward. Then
6- what will you ask about the patient’s condition, considering that you are talking to your nurse colleague?
7- what is your greatest weakness and strength?
8- How difficult it would be for you to work here in UK?
9- How will you manage to overcome your weakness?
10- anything you want to ask from us.

3rd interview: job offered
ST1 Trust grade Neurosurgery
RVI, Newcastle Trust Hospital
04/04/18(Will write soon 😊)

  1. Go through your CV
  2. What did you do after your internship
  3. Hoe long have you been out of clinical practice
  4. Where do you see your career after few years
  5. A patient is operated for the excision of meningioma, 6 days ago. She has left leg weakness. Nurse comes and tells you that the patient is febrile, tachycardias and O2 saturation is dropping. How will you approach this patient?
  6. What are your differentials?
  7. If it’s Pulmonary embolism, what investigations will you do?
  8. Any Questions for us?
    1. ###Here are some questions regarding difficult colleagues, I’m sharing it here because the thought of being involved in such situation scares us. So here you go, give it a read and be confident about it 😎.

      GMC Registration

      These are the steps:

      1. Give PLAB2
      2. Book ID check appointment
      3. wait for the results
      4. congrats, you passed the exam 😃
      5. Apply for your good standing certificate
      6. Go to your online GMC account
      7. click on “My Application”
      8. Apply now
      9. Fill the online form
      10. Pay the application fee (£200 to date )
      11. GMC will write you back to submit the scan copies of required documents, which will be 1-Passport  2-MBBS Degree  3-House Job Certificate  4-Good standing Certificate from all bodies where you are/were registered +/- additional documents variable according to candidate
      12. Send GMC The scanned documents they have asked for.
      13. GMC will now review your application and will give the decision.
      14. They can take few days to few weeks to reply. In my case they replied just after 3 days of the day when I sent them scanned documents, congratulating and inviting to come for the ID check
      15. Now get all the original documents ready
      16. Go to your ID check appointment
      17. Be clam and be excited 😆 you are going to  be registered with GMC today.
      18. Once you reached to the location, go to reception and they will ask you to sign and write the time. Now have a seat and wait until you will be called.
      19. your registration consultant will come and take you to the room.
      20. He/She will confirm your name and date of birth, and ask you to give the original documents which GMC asked you to bring with.
      21. He/She will take the documents and will go to the other room to get copies and to verify all documents, it can take 10-30 minuets So don’t panic.
      22. Now you will be asked to sign the declaration form.
      23. your original documents will be returned to you.
      24. Hurrah!!!!! Here you are….YES you can see your name on the online GMC register 🙃
      25. Cheer-up and celebrate 🎉

      Note: You don’t need to pay annual registration fee now, it’s due next year. You have already paid the fee so no more payments right now😊.

       

      Getting Experience Certificate from PMDC

      As soon as you have completed your internship apply for your experience certificate from PMDC.

      • How to fill in Experience Certificate:
      1. On first page, fill in your PMDC registration number, name and write you each rotation separately along with the duration exactly as mentioned on your house job certificate.
      2. On page 2, your name, address, sign, designation, phone number, email address, date and your NIC number.
      3. Read the list given for the required documents to be submitted and make sure you get all the things.
      4. Now get an affidavit paper and print the specimen number 1 on it. Now fill it in. A-your name B-your father’s name C-registration number D-your address E- for the purpose of registration with medical council of Ireland Get it stamped and signed by notary public/ oath commissioner.
      5. Now go to checklist, check and tick the boxes. Sign the form and mention the date.
      6. Submit your application form to PMDC Islamabad. They usually take 2-6 weeks time to get it ready.
      7. Once you get your PMDC Experience Certificate make sure all details are correct including dates of your rotations.
      8. So it’s ready to be uploaded on ECFMG or EPIC to be verified.

      Registration with Medical Council of Ireland 🇮🇪

      If you want to get registered with medical council of Ireland 🇮🇪, here are the steps to follow:

      1. MBBS
      2. Internship/House Job
      3. Get Experience Certificate from PMDC, they took from 1-6 months for this certificate so as soon as you completed your internship, apply for it. Make sure that you get your house job certificate with each rotation mentioned on it separately and provided name of department is acceptable by Medical Council of Ireland. Experience certificate
      4. Get your IELTS scores, required score is 6.5 each and 7 overall.             IELTS
      5. Once you got your experience certificate, make online account on EPIC and upload your documents there to be verified, which are: 1- MBBS Degree 2-Experience Certificate 3-Passport
      6. When all credentials are verified and epic is ready to send the report, apply online registration for medical council of Ireland in general division ( if you want to exempt from PRES)
      7. They will then look into  your application and will let you know by 2-6 weeks.
      8. If everything goes okay, they will email you congratulating and saying you have got the eligibility to be registered there.
      9. You now have 12 months time to pay your registration fee and get registered.
      10. After getting registered, you can now apply for jobs available on various sites.

      Things to do during Internship

      There are certain things you should do while you are doing your internship or house job.

      1. Do it in the pattern as mentioned in the post.   https://intonhs.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/acceptable-pattern-of-internship 
      2. Do it without any gap.
      3. Try to get a certificate showing the skills you have achieved during your house job like Veinupuncture, IV cannulation etc.
      4. Try to get remarks (written evidence) from your consultant or supervisor regarding your performance during your job.
      5. Try to give presentations as many as you can and have a record of each.
      6. Try to participate in any research or audits around.
      7. If you have done any surgical procedures, under supervision or independently, get a certificate for it and get it signed by your consultant.
      8. Learn leadership and management skills and if you have done something which demonstrate your such skills, get this experience signed by your supervisor.
      9. If you have ATLS or BLS Certificates, save them for future.
      10. Prepare for IELTS and try to give it during your house job or internship.
      11. If you have got required scores in IELTS, start preparing for plab1.