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Research Associate Status Added to CWS® Exam

The American Academy of Wound Management has expanded its field of candidates eligible to sit for the Board Certification Examination for Wound Management Professionals by approving the new certification level of Research Associate. The current body of CWSs unanimously approved this new category in late September.

Research Associate status may be granted to non-clinical individuals with a baccalaureate (or higher) degree. They must provide documentation that includes five years of research experience in wound care or wound related fields. The Research Associate category follows previously established categories of Diplomate, Fellow, and Clinical Associate.

The first group of candidates to sit for the exam as Research Associates will be eligible starting in 2002. Testing dates for 2002 will be April 20 & October 19, 2002 at over 16 testing centers nationwide.

To receive an examination packet for the CWS® Exam, which includes the examination application, the AAWM Handbook for Candidates, a test center form, and other related application materials, please call AAWM at (202) 521-0368, fax (202) 833-3636, visit www.aawm.org or email woundnet@aawm.org.


Established in 1995, AAWM is dedicated to the multidisciplinary team approach in promoting the science of prevention, care and treatment of acute and chronic wounds. The primary function is to establish and monitor a national certification process, recognize competency, promote education/research, and elevate the standard of care across the continuum of wound management.

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