Bruce Davis Gold Medal Examination was launched by Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode, India, in 2005 with an aim to improve awareness about palliative care among young doctors in India. This is the only national level program to honour junior doctors for their excellence in Palliative Medicine.
Doctors who appear for their final MBBS examination in the current year (2017) and those who have successfully completed MBBS not earlier than 2012 from any recognized Medical College in India are eligible. If qualified for Step II examination (Refer below) the candidate has to bring original or certified proof of their qualifying examination.
THE EXAMINATION INCLUDES TWO STEPS
Step I: An open online screening test at national level which the candidate can do at his/her convenience. Step I screening test comprises of 100 MCQs. 50% of questions are from the subjects covered during the MBBS Course and 50% questions are from Palliative Medicine.
Step II: The final examination will be held at the Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode where the candidates who secure top five spots in the step I screening test will be further evaluated. The step II examination consists of two parts; Theory and assessment of clinical skills.
HOW TO APPLY
The application form and questionnaire for the screening test are available online at the website of Institute of Palliative Medicine. For application and to participate Step I examination, please follow this link: www.instituteofpalliativemedicine.org/candidate-login.php
HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE SCREENING TEST
Click on the following link to register: http://www.instituteofpalliativemedicine.org/candidate-login.php
Candidates once registered can login with registered email and password at any time. The candidate can take his/her own time to complete the screening test. Confirmed answers will be saved. Remember to submit your answers on or before 31st October 2017. Once submitted, you will not be able make any modification. If you wont submit your answers on or before 30th October, your registration will be invalid and will not be considered for evaluation.
There is no registration fee.
- Last date for receipt of answer sheet of step I Screening test: 31st October 2017.
- Those who qualified for the Step II examinations will be intimated by 15th November 2017.
- The final examination will be during the first half of December 2017 at Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode. The exact date will be intimated to those who qualify for the step II examination.
Those five candidates who qualify for Step II examination will be paid Train fare to travel up to Kozhikode from their home place and return journey.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE EXAM
References for Palliative Medicine books:
1. Introducing Palliative Care by Robert Twycross – Fourth Edition ( 2003).
2. Text book for Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care – 5th Edition (2017).
3. Oxford Text Book of Palliative Medicine – Fourth edition (2010).
The winner of the final examination will be awarded the Bruce Davis Gold Medal in Palliative Medicine, a citation and cash award of Rs. 25,000/- (Rupees twenty five thousand only).
The Award will be presented at the International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care to be held in All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in February 2018.