In 2015, the General Medical Council approved plans for introducing a new national exam that medical students are required to sit before practicing as a doctor. Previously, international medical students were required to sit the Professional and Linguistics Assessment Board (PLAB) test before being granted a license by the GMC to work as a doctor in the UK. This is now to be replaced with the UKMLA following the public expressing wishes that they would prefer for their doctors to have a single universal exam.
Who will it affect?
As I am graduating next year, it will not affect me. *Phew* But it is something some of my younger readers need to be aware of because it will affect all those who are graduating in the academic year of 2021-2022.
What type of test is it?
It will consist of single best answers testing applied knowledge and healthcare & law in the UK and an OSCE.
What will it replace?
As mentioned earlier, it will replace the PLAB test that international students have to undertake before being granted a license by the GMC. It will also replace the Prescribing Skills Assessment (PSA) that UK medical students undertake in their final year. The SJT will still remain as a standalone exam.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions but if you want to find out more, refer to this document.