August 9, 2018

Dr. Short Certified to Remain as Hospice Medical Director

   The Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB) has recently completed their fifth examination for qualified hospice physicians. Dr. William Short passed his 2018 certification exam to remain the Hospice of Dickinson County Medical Director. This certification remains valid through November 30, 2024.
“Hospice is a great service our health system provides for our community, and I appreciate and enjoy acting as the Medical Director. I feel like becoming certified helps us to continue to provide outstanding hospice care,” Dr. Short said.
In its five years, HMDCB has proudly awarded the Hospice Medical Director Certified® (HMDC®) credential to 948 hospice physicians who have chosen to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in hospice medicine. The 2018 examination had a passing rate of 80%, certifying almost 150 hospice physicians in its fifth year. The examination covers five main topic areas: patient and family care, medical knowledge, medical leadership and communication, professionalism, and systems-based practice. In a survey distributed to all candidates, a majority stated the exam was described as a fair representation of the knowledge that HMDs should have and apply within their organization.
In addition, more than 80% stated their motivation to take the HMDCB exam was to be recognized for their unique knowledge and skills as an HMD. HMDCB saw a wide variety of candidates who applied for the exam: from diverse geographical regions, job roles in hospice, professional hospice experience, and hospice size. HMDCB is committed to improving patients’ quality of life by promoting the excellence and professional competence of the distinctive role of the hospice medical director. For more information on the HMDCB certification program, visit

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