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Advances in Skin & Wound Care: March 2010 - Volume 23 - Issue 3 - p 106-108
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000363523.85630.3c
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National Alliance of Wound Care

The National Alliance of Wound Care (NAWC) is recruiting additional certified clinicians as preceptors for its preceptor program, which is a WCC certification option that allows licensed healthcare clinicians who have a strong passion for healing wounds, but do not have the required wound care experience, to earn the WCC credential. This is a related 4-week program that includes 1 week in a classroom setting and 120 hours with a clinical preceptor in the clinical setting. The NAWC Preceptor Program involves both WCC candidates and preceptors who choose to work with those new WCC candidates. The NAWC Preceptor Program is a rewarding leadership opportunity for all WCCs and other wound care-certified professionals. Each preceptor is an individual with a strong passion for wound care. Each preceptor will be the teacher/mentor for a WCC candidate wishing to receive his/her WCC certification credential. This preceptor is a licensed healthcare professional with at least one of the following credentials:

  • The preceptor must have 2 years of clinical wound care experience in the last 5 years and must have been wound care certified for at least 1 year.
  • He/she must work currently in a wound care setting, in either acute care, outpatient care, home care, ambulatory care, or long-term care. The preceptor will introduce the WCC candidate to all the wound care scenarios that would pertain to the scope of the candidate's specific licensure. He/she must also agree to complete all forms and logs that are required by the NAWC. The NAWC Preceptor Program is designed for wound care professionals who have a desire to teach and to share their knowledge and experience to help a fellow clinician.

Information:; 877-922-6292

American Professional Wound Care Association

The American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) will host "APWCA2010, National Clinical Conference, Wound Care and the Related Sciences," a conference for all wound care professionals at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 8-11, 2010. APWCA2010 brings together a diverse experienced faculty including many world opinion leaders discussing the many aspects of current best practice and evidence-based standards for daily clinical care for complex wounds. This includes diagnosis of atypical wounds and skin cancers, as well as the latest options for care of the more common forms of nonhealing chronic and acute wounds. The faculty will provide a global perspective on diagnosis and treatment that will be applicable to the immediate care of patients as the conference registrants return to their place of practice.

The more than 40 anticipated faculty are all chosen for their background and teaching skills and include internationally known wound-care leaders such as Dieter Mayer, MD, FAPWCA, Switzerland; Michael Edmonds, MD, FRCP, FAPWCA, England; Ching-Jenand Wang, MD, Taiwan; R. Gary Sibbald, BSc, MD, MEd, FRCPC (Med Derm), MACP, FAAD, MAPWCA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and more. From the United States, additional thought and content leaders in wound care serving as faculty include William Li, MD; Harold Brem, MD, FAPWCA; Steven Kavros, DPM, FAPWCA; Allen Jacobs, DPM, FAPWCA; Robert Frykberg, DPM, FAPWCA; Diane Krasner, RN, PhD, MAPWCA; Elizabeth Ayello, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ETN, CWCN, MAPWCA, FAAN; Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, CWCN, APN, FAAN, DAPWCA; and many more.

The scientific program includes breakout sessions and general sessions that discuss many aspects directly germane to the open wound surface, the periwound, and, as important, systemic and metabolic pathology that impacts on wound healing. This is a full-spectrum, comprehensive conference that offers 30 contact hours of education in addition to social activities and a great downtown location to match. Registration includes meals, dinner symposium, and a poster abstracts reception. Museums, cultural activities, and Philadelphia's terrific restaurants are closely available to fit the interests, palates, and pocketbooks of all attendees.

APWCA2010 is sponsored by the APWCA and Temple University School of Medicine. The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, the VEITHsymposium, the World Union of Wound Healing Societies, and iLex of Biba Medical from Europe are conference partners.

Information:; [email protected]; 215-364-4100

Council for Medical Education and Testing

The Council for Medical Education and Testing (CMET) is the only physician-specific organization in wound care for the sole purpose of providing physician-specific wound care certification. The CMET credentials all prescribing physicians (MD, DO, and DPM). The certification process is the examination endorsed by the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) and recognized by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine. It is the only certification process specifically for physicians in wound care, produced and administered by an organization of physicians and for physicians. The CMET intends this to be the first step to obtain specialty recognition in wound care, which traditionally has been accomplished by physician-specific organizations.

The CMET examination has undergone multiple beta testing and critical analysis of questions by practicing physicians to ensure the examination is relevant to current standards of daily practice. There are no dues or membership fee for CMET.

The next examination will be offered on Sunday, April 11, 2010, during the APWCA2010 National Clinical Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Examinations are also scheduled for Sunday, October 3, in conjunction with the Clinical Symposium for Advances in Skin & Wound Care in Nashville, Tennessee, and also in November (specific date and location in the New York area to be announced). Registration information and resources for study can be found on the CMET Web site.

Information:; [email protected]; 215-364-1111

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