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Dr. Ramon Inciong

SPRING VALLEY — St Margaret’s Hospital has announced Ramon Inciong, MD, recently obtained board certification in hospice and palliative medicine.

Already board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Inciong began at St. Margaret’s in 1993 and has been the medical director of St. Margaret’s Hospice since 1995. In 1998, St. Margaret’s Hospice became Medicare certified. The American Board of Medical Specialties has just recently recognized hospice and palliative care as a medical specialty. Therefore, this was the first opportunity ever that a standardized test was given to certify physicians in this field.

Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process. While medical licensure sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific. Board certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty of medical practice.

Inciong’s work with Hospice has always been important to him, professionally and personally. In 2000, almost immediately after its inception, he completed and passed the coursework for the Education for Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Project. The Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, initiated the EPEC Project. The primary goal of this course is to educate all physicians in the United States in end-of-life care core competencies.

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