ABWM Newsletter Early Spring 2017
Letter from ABWM President, David Mahon, MD, FACS, CWSP®

Greetings from Chicago!

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Why is Accreditation Important?
Accreditation is the highest standard for certification programs. Wound care professionals hoping to have a successful career in this ever-changing and crucial specialty of healthcare should seek programs that are accredited from a third-party accrediting body.

Accreditation ensures that the certification program meets defined standards of excellence for best practice in determining if you meet requirements to perform a specific job. Not all programs are the same; t here are some certifications available that are not accredited and will not be beneficial to your career. The CWCA ®, CWS®,, and CWSP® is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA-accredited programs certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations. Accreditation for professional or personnel certification programs provides impartial, third-party validation that your program has met recognized national and international credentialing industry standards for development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs.    
June is Wound Healing Awareness Month (WHAM!)
The month of June is meant to recognize the challenges experienced by individuals whose lives are affected daily by chronic wounds bringing awareness to the general public of the support given by Certified Wound Specialists. There are millions of cases of chronic wounds in America. By example, over two million Americans will suffer from venous leg ulcers in their lifetime. Americans are spending over $50 billion for wound care annually, with that number only going up. Please visit the WHAM! website for more information as well as WHAM! merchandise (available soon) for your wound care professionals and staff help bring awareness to this very important topic. For additional information on WHAM!, please contact Amanda Thaxton at athaxton@abwmfoundation.org.                                                  
Have you renewed your certification?
AB WM will be sending out revocation letters April 1 for those of you that have not completed your annual renewals. Make sure that you are not on the list for revocation and renew your certification and upload your CEUs by the final deadline. Visit our website and log in to your certification portal today! If you have questions, call us. We will be glad to assist you.
  • SAWC Spring Meeting in San Diego
    April 7-8, 2017 at booth #951  

    Stop by Thursday evening and have a beer with us. Come back Friday and have your picture with ABWM Board members, staff and other ABWM certified wound care professionals! There will be tees, buttons, and posters while supplies last.
  • Midwest Podiatry Conference, Chicago
    April 27-30, 2017 at booth #1126
  • AAPA Conference 2017, Las Vegas
    May 15-19, 2017 at booth #1206
Meet Charles Dennis, MD, CWS ®

Dr. Charles R. Dennis MD, CWS®, Associate Medical Director of Brookhaven Memorial Hospital’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine obtained his ABWM certification as a Wound Care specialist in 2009. He perceives one of the greatest challenges in wound care to be the lack of evidence based education of wound care practitioners. A certification in this field has become an assertion of quality of care and provides reassurance in the knowledge of a wound specialist.    

Meet Terina DeVore, PT, DPT, CWS ®

My wound care journey began almost 15 years ago as a "step of faith" or better, "a stroke of luck".  I was ready to leave my current job and contacted  a local healthcare system where I was told that the only opening for a physical therapist was in the wound care department.  With much hesitation, I accepted.  And all I can say is WOW!  I fell in love with my patients, my job and my profession.  After working mostly in wounds, some acute care and some outpatient care for several years, I began to envision a clinic that was truly dedicated to wound healing and lifestyle management of our patients.  I pitched the idea to management of a "wound center".  Finally, after much debate, we opened the first wound and hyperbaric center within our rural area.  This wound center has been open for approximately 8 years and is continually growing.  Our center is staffed with an amazing attending physician, a rotating staff of resident physicians who are completing an annual monthly rotation, myself and our great office assistant.  I consider myself the "glue" as I am the caregiver that is always present.  My patients trust and depend on me, as well as the attending and resident physicians. 

Being certified in wound care is essential for the role I play.  It is important that the rotating residents be able to trust my recommendations and feel that I am providing, or advocating for "gold standard", evidence-based care.  My ABWM certification and membership in different societies allows me to have continuous updates sent to me via e-mail, journals, and courses.  This information changes my practice daily, and thus impacts my patients.     

Meet Robin Lenz, DPM, CWSP ®

The importance of being board certified by the American Board of Wound Management has many different benefits and responsibilities. The CWSP® has offered me a niche in a much larger system which has allowed me to fill a vital role in the wound care approach for limb salvage.

Within the subgroup is a team that I work with such as vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, certified pedorthists, and highly skilled wound care nurses. For this reason, additional standards within a highly specialized service line of healthcare is ultimately required. Board certification ensures that the standards are not only met but also kept in pace with all the latest advances in the specialty.

Who is recently certified?
Congratulations to those who were recently certified or recertified! The ABWM would like to recognize all Associates and Diplomates who received or updated their CWCA®, CWS ® , or CWSP ®  credentials from January 16, 2017 through March 15, 2017.

  The American Board of Wound Management is currently the  only  board offering multidisciplinary certification in wound care that is accredited by the  National Commission for Certifying Agencies  (NCCA).