The wound care association created to meet the specific needs of the physician is The Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing. The APWH was created by physicians to serve all prescribing physicians (MDs, DOs, and DPMs) in wound healing. APWH is the only physician-oriented organization in wound healing. This organization was formed to meet the needs of the physician in many subject areas including but not limited to: clinical education that focuses on diagnosis and magement of the disease as well as treating the wound, advocacy and represention of the physician’s perspective on issues dealing with healthcare delivery, compensation and allowance of covered services, and is intended to have legislative action on healthcare issues. While other medical professions have had the benefit of field-specific organizations to address their needs, it is our belief that physicians and physician extenders have been at a disadvantage in this regard.
In 2017, the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing Advisory Board unanimously voted to open a new affiliate membership category for physician assistants (PA) and in 2018 it was agreed to open a category for nurse practitioners (NP). The Academy objectives are for healthcare providers to deliver the very best care possible to patients. PA involvement in our educational programming is an important aspect in achieving that objective. This allows the physician-PA team to learn as a team and insures both providers are on the same page from an educational perspective.
APWH is open to all prescribing physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants (MD, DO, DPM, NP and PA).
Lastly, while the APWH faces many domestic challenges, there is no doubt that wound related health issues are a worldwide concern. The Academy welcomes our international colleagues to join from around the globe.
Grandfathering in place during open enrollment
Members that join currently are doing so during open enrollment of the Academy. During this period grandfathering is in place so that physicians who were granted the designation of Fellow or Associate in another recognized medical association will have that same designation as members of the APWH. The mneumonics respectively are John Doe, MD, FAPWH or Nancy Doe, MD, AAPWH. The same applies to those with a DO or DPM medical degree.
Cerification in wound care by CMET recognized
Members that join APWH that are certified in wound care by the Council for Medical Education and Testing (CMET) are granted the ability to add a “c” to the back of their FAPWH pneumonic to read, John Doe, MD, FAPWHc.
In the August 2017 edition of Podiatry Management magazine, founding fellow, Dr. James McGuire, provides his personal viewpoint on how to review the various wound care membership organizations and how to choose which is most appropriate for wound healing physicians. In addition, he discusses the importance of choosing the best wound healing certification available for the physician.