ABWM Newsletter Winter 2017
A Year in Review: President Mahon Reflects
As 2017 comes to a close, I would like to update you on some important and exciting developments that took place this year. The Board of Directors launched several new initiatives designed to build awareness of the rigor and value of ABWM certification and to elevate the public perception of care provided by ABWM certified health care providers. Below is an overview of the initiatives discussed and approved at our spring and fall Board of Directors meetings:

PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN:  For the first time in our organization’s history, we communicated directly with consumers via a full-page advertisement in a special USA TODAY MEDIAPLANET supplement on skin health and wound care. The ad ran over Memorial Day weekend in both selected regional print supplements and nationally online. This ad, which can be viewed here , was ABWM’s first step in a long-term commitment to promoting the importance of wound care certification to the general public. Our future plan is to continue to build public awareness about the importance of good wound care while emphasizing the value of ABWM certification. To this end, the Board of Directors has approved the development of a new public relations program to further promote this awareness.   

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM:  Under the leadership of co-chairs Karen Albaugh, PT, DPT, MPH, CWS and Dawn Franceschina, PT, DPT, CWS, an ambassador program is being developed to improve communication between the ABWM Diplomates and the Board of Directors and to identify and promote future board members and exam committee members. We would also like to build regional sources of wound expertise to communicate to local communities and media outlets regarding the importance of good wound care and ABWM wound certification. At this juncture, we are targeting 10-year re-certifying diplomates as ambassadors. We plan to provide ambassadors with information via a media training program and then showcase them in their respective communities to enhance ABWM’s local presence. This program will be implemented in 2018 with a pilot program introduced in selected regions (contact director Vickie Lindsey, vlindsey@abwmcertified.org if you are interested in serving as an ambassador).

MOBILE TESTING EXPANDED:  Mobile testing has continued to expand since being introduced in 2015.  Presently 11 mobile testing sites were planned and executed in 2017 in conjunction with wound meetings such as SAWC (Symposium on Advanced Wound Care). Our plan is to administer 12 mobile testing sites in 2018 as these seem to be of interest to prospective diplomates who want to take our exam immediately after attending a meeting or review course. Of note, the ABMW does not sponsor any review courses but is responding to feedback from wound care providers who have expressed interesting in taking the examination after attending these courses.

INTERNATIONAL INTEREST IN ABWM CERTIFICATION:  Lastly, executive director Chris Murphy and I traveled to Singapore in October to administer exams to 26 Singapore physicians and nurses. This project was initiated by a Singapore vascular surgeon at Changi General Hospital. Dr. Stephen Kum identified an interest in wound certification among his fellow physicians and nurses; after discussions with his colleagues in Australia and the US, Dr. Kum determined ABWM certification to be the most credible. Chris and I traveled to Singapore (24 hours of flying time!) to administer and proctor the examination. This represents ABWM’s first international group of wound care providers to seek certification and has opened up further opportunities for ABWM in Singapore and to other international wound care specialists. 
As you can see, your Board of Directors has been diligent in enhancing the value of your ABWM certification. We greatly appreciate your involvement and will continue to build awareness of the importance of good wound care while promoting the significance of ABWM certification.
Wishing you a very happy holiday season.

Dave Mahon, MD, CWSP, FACS
ABWM Calendar of Events
  • ABWM will be at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, Wednesday, February 21 - Saturday, February 24, 2018 at booth #840 for some great giveaways!
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Meet Ravi Kamepalli, MD, CWSP ®
Dr. Ravi K. Kamepalli is a Board Certified Infectious Disease physician and an Epidemiologist. He is a Certified Wound Specialist and a Diplomate of American Board of Obesity
Medicine practicing at Regional Infectious Diseases and Infusion Center, Inc., in Lima, Ohio since 2003. Dr. Kamepalli
received his medical degree from Guntur Medical College, Guntur, AP, India. He did his residency at Wyckoff Heights
Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center, New York. He is a Fellow of Infectious Disease Society of America (FIDSA) for achieving professional excellence in Infectious Diseases. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Department of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. He was the Past Medical Director of Hyperbaric Clinic and Chief of Division of Infectious Diseases at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

He has a passion for all things infection and wound related, with a particular emphasis on healthcare delivery, transition of care and use of technology including telemedicine to break down barriers to healing. He has particular understanding and interest in population health as it helps to have greater impact. He has participated on multiple Expert Consensus Panels and has been a speaker at multiple national and international conferences. He is actively involved in clinical research in over 60 Clinical Trials. His dream project (http://www.nobadbugs.com/dream-project.html) is to create a self-sustaining health care system in India and he understands that is only though the use of population health
methodologies and technologies like Telemedicine.
Meet Jonathan Johnson, MD, MBA, CWSP ®
CWSP-Certified Wound Care Specialist certification is imperative in the current practice of wound care. Our patients, professional associates, nursing home facility partners, and wound care centers require the reassurance of well-trained providers. Wound care is an excellent specialty but many providers are not properly trained or board certified, putting patient care and continuity of care at risk. At Comprehensive Wound Care Services we focus on competent patient-centered care and wound care-based education for our nursing team members. CWSP certification allows our practice the confidence to provide state of the art compassionate care to our patients and facility partners. Our practice educates and establishes wound care based programs and protocols. Our board certified CWSP training requirements for our wound care surgeons are key to our continued progressive success.
Meet Kim Harris, RN, CWCA ®
 I love having my wound care certification but, it was A long winding road to get there. I worked the first 20 years of my nursing career as an ICU nurse, the sicker the more stimulated I felt and my brain was happy. As that 20 years ticked away and patients got sicker and much heavier I started seeing more skin and wound issues. I felt that skin and wound issues were my weakest link in my care giving. I could take care of the patient except that red spot on there bottom, so I started looking up information on Pressure Ulcers and realized I was lacking in knowledge.
Over the next few years I was eager to learn, I joined our local wound society and started asking questions. I found out you could become certified in wound care, so my journey to find the right education to fit my busy family life was on. I used Wound Educators to study online then sat for the test. I have been an CWCA since 2015 and have found it invaluable to my career. After my certification the job position I'm in now opened, had I not been certified this opportunity would never have been available. I now am the Manager at the Newton Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center in Newton, Kansas and I love my job! We are able to help so many people, it is truly rewarding.
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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 August 16, 2017 through November 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).