Dr. Rohanti Ravikulan has won the Bruce Davis Gold Medal 2016,  in the final examination held  at Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode on 17th December 2016. Dr. Rohanti has completed MBBS from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore.

This examination aims to improve awareness about palliative care among young doctors in India. The winner will be awarded the Bruce Davis Gold Medal,a Citation and a Cash Award of Rs. 25,000. The award will be presented at the 24th International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care held at Coimbatore in February.2017.

Bruce Davis Gold Medal examination was launched by Institute of Palliative Medicine to honour Mr. Wilfred Bruce Davis, MBE, UK. He has supported many palliative care projects in India including the construction of the Institute of Palliative Medicine. He is the founder of W.B.Davis Charitable Trust, UK.

Bruce Davis Gold Medal Examination is the only national level program to honour junior doctors in India for their excellence in Palliative Medicine.

The examination includes two steps. First level is a national level screening test conducted as an online examination. Step I screening test comprises of 100 MCQs. 60% of questions are from the subjects covered during the MBBS Course and 40% questions are from Palliative Medicine. Candidates who get first 5 ranks are further evaluated in the step II-final examination conducted at Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode.


The final examination has three levels of evaluation. Theory, Assessment of Clinical skills and Viva.


In 2016, the following candidates scored top 5 spots in the step 1 screening test:

Dr. Nandan Choudhary, Dr. Puneet Rathore (  MD in Palliative Medicine at AIIMS, New Delhi) Dr. praneeth suvvari  ( DM Onco anaesthesia and palliative medicine at AIIMS , New Delhi), Dr. Rohanti Ravikulan (MBBS from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore), and Dr. Anusha S (MBBS from Meenakshi Medical College, Kanchipuram) and participated in the Step II –  final examination.

Dr. Rohanti Ravikulan is the winner in the final examination.

Dr. Lulu Mathews, Medical Officer, Institute of Palliative Medicine (Chairperson, Board of Examiners, IAPC) is the coordinator of Bruce Davis Gold Medal Examination. Dr. Anil Paleri, Director, IPM  and Dr. S. Adinarayanan, Additional Professor, JIPMER Puducherry were the examiners.


Dr. Lulu Mathews

Coordinator, BDGM


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