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Rose Shorter, MD

4.9 out of 5 (397 Ratings)


Internal Medicine / Primary Care

About Rose Shorter

Dr. Rose Shorter completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Rose then continued her medical expertise earning her Doctorate’s degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. She then finished her residency at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is board certified in internal medicine.

Dr. Shorter was inspired to become a physician with the desire to be of service to the world and the drive to understand how and why things work. She says patients who have suffered incredible loss, pain and unthinkable challenges and still show up to their life bravely asking, what is next, also inspire her.

Outside of work, Dr. Shorter is passionate about raising her family, running, reading, cooking and playing the saxophone.


Practicing at the following locations:

  1. Southcoast Physicians Group Internal Medicine

    100 Rosebrook Way Suite 200
    Wareham, MA 02571

    P: 508-273-4950

    Get Directions 41.775491 -70.73149790000002

Insurances Accepted

Southcoast accepts most major insurance plans. Call the Southcoast patient registration department at 844-297-2952 or your health plan with any questions regarding coverage.

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Patient Comments (150)

At Southcoast Health, we strive to deliver exceptional patient care along with an exceptional patient experience. We appreciate all of your feedback and share your comments to recognize the wonderful care our teams provide to you as well as identify areas for improvement.

  • Dr. Shorter was pleasant & knowledgeable! I was extremely pleased with my visit.

  • I have not been to any other health or medical firm that all it's clientele treet you as if they really care and are there to help you. Very nice place to be treated when your down and out. Thank you.

  • I felt very comfortable and at ease with the staff and doctor and did not have any issues that needed to be addressed.

  • I thought everyone I came in contact with were very professional from the time I walked in the office. I was very pleased with everyone.

  • Everyone from check-in to check-out was pleasant and efficient in doing their job to make my visit a positive experience. Dr Shorter spends ample time during your visit answering questions and listens to your concerns to make you feel confident leaving the office that your time was well spent.

  • Dr Shorter is excellent! As a retired nurse, I think this speaks volumes.

  • This was my first visit with Dr. Rose Shorter and I was immediately put at ease, from check in to when I saw her. We had a lengthy visit about my history as she wanted to "get to know me". The conversation was easy and I think very beneficial. I look forward to my next appointment with her.

  • All went well. The only exception would be that the nurse should have told me to go to the link at the time of my appointment (she called 25 minutes prior to appointment) as opposed to saying she sent me the link and to go to it, I've hooked you up with Dr Shorter." I waited for approximately 20 minutes. It was simply a miscommunication and has been communicated with them.

  • I absolutely love Dr. Shorter. She is knowledgeable, caring, and empathetic.

  • The staff at Southcoast is very welcoming and efficient .Dr Shorter is what everyone wants in a primary care provider.

  • so far, so good

  • Everybody was knowledgeable, polite, efficient and a joy to interact with. From the person that checked me in, the young lady that worked me up, Dr. Shorter and then the person that checked me out. I could not be happier. I travel from Yarmouth Port to see Dr. Shorter because I respect and admire her so much.

  • Appreciated the updates when Dr. Shorter was delayed due to a complex patient visit prior to mine. Great care and customer focus from the office team!

  • Never felt rushed by staff nor provider.Building is clean and maintained.

  • Dr. Shorter is wonderful! She is knowledgeable, personable, and professional!

  • DrShorter was wonderful.

  • Dr. Shorter and staff are excellent. Dr. S is informed, knowledgable and personable. I am grateful to be her patient.

  • I feel so fortunate to be receiving such excellent health care from Dr. Shorter and her support team ! Dr. S always listens carefully and offers good counsel. I am able to put full trust in her expertise and appreciate her kind, caring manner so much.

  • It was the first time I saw Dr Shorter and she asked a lot of good questions about my health and medicines..It was worth the long wait to see her but I was told that the Dr was running late.

  • This was my first visit with Dr. Shorter and she was very kind and easy to talk with. Everyone in the office was great!

  • I appreciate seeing Dr Shorter in a timely matter. The nurse who checked me in was friendly and nice. The space is clean and the secretary's were very friendly

  • Dr Shorter always listens.She is a very good communicator.

  • Dr. Shorter and her supporting staff are caring and respectful. They listened to my questions and concerns and addressed each one of them. I never felt rushed and was made to feel as if I was their most important patient.

  • Address overall health concerns and recommendations for daily life practices to improve and maintain health.

  • My primary care doctor was on vacation so I saw Dr Shorter… I was very pleased with my visit

  • My experience was fine.

  • 1st visit to my new PCP. VERY PLEASED. She was down to earth and had a great bedside manner. She listened to me. Gave me confidence in dealing with her in the future.

  • Dr Shorter and her MA are exceptional

  • very considerate

  • Dr Shorter was awesome! She listened and talked to my Mom about all her medical needs. She did a lengthy history and made sure she covered everything. She made my Mom who's 90 feel very comfortable with everything. I especially noticed the extra time with us and did not at any time rush the appointment. I was extremely happy with Dr Shorters demeanor friendliness and compassion . Thank-You Dr Shorter for taking the extra time and making my Mom comfortable.

  • Provider was punctual & very thorough- really took the time to review my case & develop a comprehensive plan

  • Rose Shorter is a compassionate doctor who is respectful and communicates effectively.

  • once I was seen by the medical assistant, I was left in the examination room waiting to see the doctor for (what seemed an uncomfortably long time) ( 20 min?)Thank you.

  • This was my first visit to South Coast Health to see Dr. Shorter. She was prepared to see me. She was very welcoming, professional, really exceeded any expectations I have. The thoroughness of my Medicare well exam far exceeded what I received in other places. When I left there, granted I'd only seen her once, I feel like she'd been a doctor of mine for years. I am not...Not that I love to go to the doctor, but I can honestly say I'm looking forward to my next appointment with her. She's truly a great professional.

  • Everyone was very pleasant and talked to me with respect

  • Thoughtful,caring and

  • Everyone listened to me and understood my needs

  • It was a great meet and great.

  • My wife & I have always been happy with Dr Shorter. She's a good listener and has a lot of empathy for her patients. She is a wonderful and smart doctor. We're so happy to have her as our pcp. We followed her to Wareham, we like her so much.

  • Dr Shorter was so awesome she listened and heard me. She was just the best.

  • Dr. Shorter is an exceptional primary care doctor. South Coast is fortunate to have her.

  • Loved my visit with Dr Shorter she is the best w]very happy with her

  • Dr, Shorter has always been a caring, listening provider and a sense of humor that I really appreciate

  • Everything is perfect keep up the good service

  • Kind, caring and supportive.

  • Doctor was thorough and excellent as always. Medical Assistant was thorough and explained things so I could understand.Questions were asked and an explanation was given as to why they were asked ie: Medicare requirement questions.I followed Dr. Shorter from CCH. I live in Hyannis and that's about 1 hr ride to Wareham. But to me it is worth it for a good doctor

  • Everyone was caring. Dr Shorter is exceptional!

  • This is my first visit with Dr Shorter since [Name] [Name] left. I loved my visit either her. We will get along well. Thank you so much!

  • Everyone was very friendly. Doctor made me feel comfortable from the moment she walked in for the first time of meeting! Just waiting to be seen was longer than expected!

  • Doctor Shorter took the time to listen to all of my health concerns and addressed them with respect, compassion and researched advise. I also appreciate her personable, good humored nature. --[Name]

  • I am a new patient to Southcoast, having followed dr. Shorter from cape cod healthcare. The wait to see her was greater than six months; while she is a wonderful doctor and worth the wait, it does seem like a long time to wait to be seen.

  • Dr shorter is phenominal

  • Dr. Rose Shorter is a great Doctor that's why I followed Dr. Rose Shorter from Cape Cod Health Care

  • Dr Rose Shorter and Nurse SageWe extremely attentive to my Elderly Mothers needs. Dr. Shorter listened and showed compassion and empathy to My Mother's passed situation and mine also.So glad we chose Dr. Rose Shorter as my mother's PCP

  • It was a pleasure meeting Dr. Shorter and I look forward to my relationship with her as my PCP !

  • It was a pleasure to meet Dr.Shorter and I look forward to my relationship with her as my PCP.

  • Although my experience with Dr. Shorter precedes her practice with Southcoast Health, this was my first time seeing her at this practice. I continued with her as my PCP because she is an amazing physician. I was also very happy with the support staff at this location.

  • Excellent experience with the doctor and the personnel.

  • 1st visit with the primary care providerWas very through & went over all the Health info with me to verify meds appointments specialists vaccinesScheduled a wellness appointment in the next several monthsSo far everything went wellOffice staff at check out are great especially [Name] & [Name]

  • You did everything well, courteous, pleasant, professional and polite. Thank you.

  • Very clean facility with kind staff. The process to check in and check out was fast and easy. Dr shorter helped me to feel comfortable and heard and I appreciate her non judgmental tone.

  • Dr Shorter is the best!

  • dr shorter and her staff are exceptional.

  • It was a great visit. Starting at check in all throughout the visit, I was very satisfied with everything that happened! Dr. Shorter is wonderful!!!!!!!

  • Very efficient

  • I followed Rose Shorter from Sandwich. She is a thorough professional and listens to all my concerns. It was a bit of a wait but that's usually expected in a doctors office.

  • I had a very eventful visit. We talked about questions I had regarding my health and Dr. Shorter answered all my concerns and made some very helpful suggestions.

  • I found the provider listening and caring.

  • No suggestions; I am extremely pleased with Dr. Shorter, her assistant & the Southcoast staff.

  • The experience was good, I received a lot of information and now have a plan for learning about my health situation .

  • From check in to check out everyone was extremely kind and helpful. Dr. Shorter was attentive and interested in helping me to live my healthiest life!! Thank you!!

  • My doctor was very thorough in covering everything I needed. I already knew she was very good at what she did because I had her previously as my PCP before she came to Wareham, which is why I wanted to come back to her. Everyone in the facility was very nice

  • Very Friendly, professional health care group. Thanks!

  • Friendly, empathetic, knowledgeable, caring, helpful, treats you with dignity.

  • My Healthcare provider was excellent and listened to all my questions and concerns and was caring. Excellent experience with my provider.

  • This was my first visit, and I was so impressed with everything from reception to the nursing assistance to the doctor. I never felt rushed, and I felt respected by everyone in the office.

  • Best doctor I have ever dealt with. She listens and respects patients.

  • Dr Shorter and her staff are the ultimate pros.Simply the best!

  • everything went well. theres nothing to improve upon

  • I was previously with Compass Medical and feel a huge sense of relief after meeting with Dr. Shorter. Every person I encountered during my first visit was kind and tentative.

  • Dr Shorter is great. She takes time to answer your questions and cares about my health.

  • My experience was excellent the staff friendly and helpful. Dr Rose Shorter makes you feel so comfortable and so easy to talk to her and she communicates extremely well and answers all my concerns. I would highly recommend Dr.Rose shorter she is the best!

  • Dr Shorter was engaged, thorough and well-prepared. She was acquainted with my medical history and asked appropriate questions. Listened to my concerns and ordered a short-term med for one issue and x-rays re another issue to investigate the root cause. Very pleased.

  • You are all very professional and courteous, thank you,

  • I am very pleased and I don't see how you can improve.

  • I have always had a great experience with Southcoast Health and Dr Shorter.

  • Office staff friendly and professional. provider thorough and attentive. Would recommend. Thanks.

  • Everybody was very friendly and efficient. I was given plenty of time to discuss my issues and ask questions. All my questions were answered and I left feeling confident that I am in good hands!

  • Dr Shorter took the time to listen. I understood that I was part of the decision making team. I never felt rushed. I felt that Dr Shorter takes a genuine interest in her patients. I am so grateful to Dr Shorter and her team.

  • I felt well taken care of and was listened to. Great visit.

  • The wait to be seen could have been shorter

  • Dr Shorter does a great job answering questions and explaining things I'm a way we can all understand.

  • Intake visit so there is limited feedback to give however all staff and provider were excellent.

  • Every person I came in contact with was kind and helpful. Dr. Shorter is exceptional and easy to talk with.Records from previous healthcare providers were not easy to get and this office did a superb job at helping me get what they needed. Thank you!

  • Dr. shorter is simply the best in every way!

  • I have had Dr. Shorter for over 10 years! She is the best and I was willing to follow her from the Cape!

  • Got me an appointment when compass medical closed

  • Dr. Shorter was caring, informative and extremely understanding….she is an asset to Southcoast.

  • This is my first time seeing my Dr. since she moved from a different care provider. It was difficult to rate some categories as a result. I love my Dr and everyone there was polite and courteous.

  • Timely caring compassionate

  • No waiting snd everyone was very nice.

  • Person checking me out was not helpful. Everything else was stellar. Thank you

  • I saw dr shorter with an emergency situation as my regular doc was on vacation. She was terrific. If I didn't like my regular doc so much, I would switch to her.

  • Dr. Shorter is the reason for going to Southcoast Health., as I am from Sandwich. I did notice the bathroom was for both genders. Was uncomfortable and it was not the cleanlinest..

  • From the time I came into the facility I was provided service in a timely manner, treated professionally and personably. MD Shorter was very thorough about my medical history and my close relatives. I was truly impressed with her knowledge and genuine sincerity to help me with my medical health needs.

  • My 1st appointment with Dr Shorter in her new location and everything went very well. Office was easily accessible; wait time was minimal once I was efficiently checked in and everyone I encountered was professional and personable. Dr Shorter is a knowledgeable and easy to talk with physician and worth the drive off Cape to see.

  • I felt heard throughout my visit, from scheduling to checkout. Dr. Shorter drills down on issues, takes time to listen and respects my choices. I so appreciate her.

  • Everyone listens, is kind, is knowledgeable

  • It was a pleasure to be seen by Doctor Shorter and her staff. I felt that the Med assistant and Dr. Shorter went out of their way to learn about me and my medical concerns. It was by far one of the best doctor visits that I have had.

  • I, along with two other members of my family, feel fortunate to be able to continue with Dr. Shorter as our PCP. The practical aspects of transitioning from one practice to another have been challenging with scheduling first appointments and transfer of medical records, however, the challenge has been worth the effort and the extra travel. Dr. Shorter is an exceptional physician who listens attentively , asks important questions, and offers thoughtful guidance based on medical knowledge, best practices, and available resources. A wonderful PCP for fairly routine wellness patients, she is also skilled in managing patients with complicated medical issues. Compassionate and supportive, Dr. Shorter gracefully makes time to care for her patients when serious medical concerns arise.

  • Kind providers and very professional!

  • Dr shorter is extremely good. Asks you many questions and is totally tuned in. The one complaint I have is that I waited about a half hour beyond my appointment time to see the assistant

  • Dr Shorter was great. Made me feel comfortable. I would highly recommend her to everyone.

  • This was a first time visit to this faculty and my first visit with Dr Shorter.The faculty was very clean and well maintained. The support staff was very professional and helpful. Dr Shorter was excellent. She is very knowledgeable and articulate. I'm very happy to have her as my primary care physician (PCP), after tragically loosing my previous long term PCP [Name]

  • It was my first visit with Dr. Shorter and I enjoyed her tremendously. I felt as though she cares, was thoughtful and wanted to learn about her new patient.

  • Staff is friendly and personable. Dr Shorter is the BEST primary care Doc. She pays attention and remembers special things about her patients.

  • Dr shorter is extremely competent and helpful. We are very pleased.

  • Very long wait time. My appointment was for 2:15p and I didn't get to see my doctor until 3:45p.

  • Good appointment, long appointment

  • I thought Dr. Shorter asked a lot of great questions and seemed to give serious consideration to my responses.

  • First time with Dr Shorter nice meeting very understanding and helpful definitely listened to me and my Health issues thank you

  • Dr. Shorter was very attentive to my concerns and we made a immediate appointment for an x-ray and she got back to me immediately after the x-ray results were in and we set up a path going forward. Thank you.

  • A very pleasant experience

  • Dr.Shorter is an asset to South Coast Healthcare. Followed her from CCH. Knowledgeable, caring, professional physician. Very pleased with her

  • Dr. Shorter is very friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and easy to talk too. She made it a great experience.

  • My PCP was not in so saw Dr. Rose Shorter. She listened and was comfortable to talk to.

  • Everyone that I encountered was super friendly and kind.

  • Everyone from the front desk ladies to the Dr were pleasant and accommodating

  • Old patient of Dr. Shorter's and new to Southcoast. Excellent experience.

  • The med tech who helped me prepare for my visit was excellent, efficient, and very personable. She was comment, friendly, and very knowledgeable.

  • Dr Shorter is the best doctor I've ever had: smart, compassionate and communicative.

  • You did everything correctly and competently

  • Follow up phone call greatly appreciated

  • I really enjoyed meeting Dr Shorter and her team. It was timely, pleasant and thorough appointment.

  • Dr Shorter was very thorough, took the time to evaluate, develop a diagnosis & plan of care for a rather complex problem. She explained things in detail & made sure I understood use of medications & next steps if needed.

  • Dr Shorter is Greatu00A0

  • The doctor is very nice and caring, this was my first visit with her.

  • Very nice experience

  • Dr Shorter is a great Dr. she always listens and has a professional reply to your questions. She is very through. You folks are lucky to have her!!!!!

  • My first appointment at the facility and with Dr Shorter. Loved Dr. Shorter.Very happy with the care provided, the time she spent getting to know me.Everything went very smooth.

  • Friendly welcome and rooming, great visit with the provider and out processing available even though it was 5 pm. Outstanding!

  • This was my first visit with Dr. Shorter, I was very pleased.

  • Receptionist, nurse, doctor, phlebomist were all very attentive,kind and patient.

  • Dr. Shorter was fabulous as usual! Professional, kind, considerate!

  • I was a former patient of Dr. Rose Shorter's and I followed her to the Southcoast group practice. I was very pleased to be treated by the intake staff in a professional and friendly manner. The staff were very approachable and helpful. The wait time was a bit longer than I anticipated, but it was explained to me the reason why. Dr. Shorter is the best and I was so glad to see her again.

  • Signage was poor. Called and asked where to go. Sent to wrong floor. With all the confusion I was late for my appt

  • Loved Dr shorter and her medical assistant! Both took the time to talk to me and it made such a difference!!

  • Include names of 2nd floor physicians on a chart at entry level….3 of us were seeking that info as I arrived at to me…facilityClearer visibility of check-out personnel available….It appeared to those waiting in line, that there were only 2 windows available….

  • Treated with kindness and empathy and a sense of humor.

  • I'm a long time patient of Dr Shorter. She is the very first physician that has truly listened to me. Thankfully I'm healthy and just see her yearly. She's GREAT!

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