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Why you should become a CWS®

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Physician? | podiatrist? | physical therapist? | nurse?

Physicians and the CWS®


“The CWS® is a stamp of approval, and the medical community as a whole recognizes that. The CWS® is vital to the future of the practice of wound care and it is critical physicians become CWS® certified.”

Walter Conlan, III, MD, CWS, FACCWS

  • Patient care is enhanced by a strong knowledge of wound care, and the CWS® board certification establishes you as an expert in wound care management. The CWS® credential shows you’ve completed a long-term, intensive study and practice in wound care.
  • Wound care was long thought of as a nursing function, but today’s challenges demand a multidisciplinary approach. In the ever evolving world of wound care, the CWS® credential equips physicians with knowledge of the latest treatments and technologies.
  • By achieving the CWS® board certification, physicians become part of an interdisciplinary network of healthcare professionals, all dedicated to delivering, improving and advancing the practice of wound care.


“My patients understand that I'm not just a physician that offers wound care, but an expert with the knowledge and training to provide the best treatment possible.”

David E. Mahon, MD, CWS, FACCWS


Given the aging population and the prevalence of conditions such as diabetes and obesity, there has been an explosion in the number of people being treated for chronic wounds. There is an incredible need in the medical community for physicians that are specialized in wound care.

  • Earned and maintained by over 500 physicians, the CWS® credential designates you as an expert and shows your patients, peers and employers your extensive and specialized proficiency in wound management.
  • The CWS® provides many advancement opportunities for physicians. It demonstrates a level of expertise that can open doors outside of traditional healthcare settings. CWS®diplomates have been called upon to teach others about wound care at national medical conferences and in corporate medical environments.
  • The multidisciplinary approach to the CWS® certification creates a larger group of healthcare professionals made up of physicians, nurses, physical therapists and podiatrists, who have and share a wealth of wound management expertise.

What are the Benefits of Becoming a CWS®?

  • Achieve board certification, a formal recognition of a master level knowledge and specialty practice in wound management.
  • Enhance the team approach that is essential to successful wound management.
  • Become recognized as a specialist, an expert in wound care.
  • Demonstrate a dedication to the highest standards in wound care, essential in the development of a comprehensive wound management program.
  • Improve the quality of wound care for your patients.
  • Cooperate and exchange resources with the various disciplines and organizations involved in wound care.
  • Reduce the costs of providing wound care in your facility or practice.
  • Be an on-site resource to educate and train colleagues involved in wound management.
  • Market wound management services as a niche benefit of your facility or practice.
  • Become part of a larger multidisciplinary community dedicated to delivering, improving and advancing the practice of wound care.



Why should a practitioner involved in wound care become certified through AAWM?

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


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