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AAWM Certifies 20 New CWSPs and 138 CWSs.

Washington, DC-After completing two successful examination cycles this Fall--for its Certified Wound Specialists Physician (CWSP) and Certified Wound Specialist® (CWS®) certifications, the American Academy of Wound Management proudly announces the certification of 20 CWSPs and 138 CWSs.

Launched in 2009, the CWSP was created in response to feedback received from physicians, to allow physicians to obtain an advanced level of wound certification beyond the CWS®.  Currently, the CWSP is open to physicians and podiatrists who hold the CWS®.

Established in 1995, the CWS is the premiere multi-disciplinary wound certification organization in the country.  It is open to physicians, podiatrists, physical therapists, and registered nurses who posses at least a bachelors of science in a life science field and a minimum of three years of wound care experience.

"We are now practicing in an environment where cost containment, pay for performance, and patient outcomes are paramount.  It is critically important to show patients and payers that you have taken steps to practice at the highest levels utilizing evidence based protocols and best practices.  In my opinion, certification is one of the elements required to establish credibility," said AAWM President Robert J. Snyder, DPM, FACFAS, CWS, FACCWS.

In addition to the CWSP and CWS®, the AAWM offers the Certified Wound Care Associate™ (CWCA®) credential, which is open to sales industry professionals, non-bachelor degree nurses, and allied health assistants, aides, and technicians, who posses at least three years of wound care experience.

The Purpose of the American Academy of Wound Management is to establish and administer a certification process to elevate the standard of care across the continuum of wound management.  The Academy is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach in promoting prevention, care and treatment of acute and chronic wounds.  Each certification includes a rigorous examination and completion demonstrates a distinct and specialized expertise in the practice of wound care.  For more information, please visit www.aawm.org.

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A delegation of AAWM Board Members and CWS™ Diplomates have been to Haiti

I have been part of a Rehabilitation team in Haiti for the past three years. I am a Physical Therapist, CWS™ and my mission is with HealinghandsforHaiti.org. This is the only organization on the island that provides Physical and Occupational services and Prosthetics and Orthotics care. I will be returning to Haiti on 3/16 for 12 days with a very different mission. We had a medical team that went to Haiti about the week after the earthquake and they provided wound care and follow-up appointments for suture removals and wound care. Our team will switch our focus on the wound care, fracture and amputation care. On our property we had a five story apartment building that collapse and killed a UN worked and another individual. One of our administrators lost his wife who was in her Residency program when she returned home after her shift and went to lie down and take a nap and the building collapsed. She sustained significant injuries and died due to no access to medical care. Our main clinic area sustained heavy damage and we are now working with make shift facilities on the property.

On February 11, 2010, I traveled to Haiti to volunteer my medical services with the University of Miami-Medishare Project. The Project was founded in 1994 by Drs. Barth Green and Arthur Fournier from the Miller/University of Miami School of Medicine. The day after the earthquake the Medishare project set up a tent field hospital at the Port-au-Prince airport. The hospital now has over 240-beds, with dedicated tents for pediatric and adults patients. They have 4 fully operational operating rooms, in the rear of the pediatric tent. There is also a separate tent dedicated to patients with orthopedic injuries and another tent where outpatient wound care is administered. Read More...


AAWM Awards Dr. Joseph McCulloch as winner of AAWM's Video Contest. Click the video player to watch the video:



Why should a practitioner involved in wound care get their CWS or CWCA?

Teresa A. Conner-Kerr
Professor & Chair
Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, NC


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