The American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) is a hybrid non-profit organization unlike any other organization available in wound care. The APWCA designates members that meet specific requirements as Fellow, Diplomate or Associate, similar to a "college" type of organization while it serves as a full service medical "Association". It is in that sense unique in wound care. Membership incorporates all of the various medical specialties involved in prevention, treatment and pain management in complex wounds. Wound care education is provided in an atmosphere that brings these fields together and therefore facilitates an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach. Wound care education is provided through multiple sources, including Wound Care Seminars, Wound Care Conferences that are held regionally and the Annual APWCA Wound Care National Conference that each spring is a major learning event. Other educational l resources include: newsletters, eMail Newsletters, Medline Indexed monthly journal, webinars and more. The mission of the Association is to lead the care (prevention, treatment) of people with acute and chronic wounds (through a synergy of disciplines) worldwide. Our goal is to promote synergistic interprofessional collaboration and communication. To develop and provide quality wound care educational programs and materials and to connect interprofessional wound care associations worldwide.
APWCA provides wound care education conferences and smaller regional seminars where members meet, and network with various health care providers internationally, nationally and in their geographic area. It provides the ability to establish one's interest in the treatment of chronic and complex wounds. The APWCA Yearly National Wound Care Conference has many faculty members covering a broad range of topics for all levels of wound care experience...... from those new to this field to the experienced wound care provider. There are wound care courses on the delivery of care as well as wound care business courses of running a viable practice or wound care center. Additionally," The Essentials: Comprehensive Review Course on Wound Care Management & Intervention" serves as a great refresher for all providers in wound care and as an intense pragmatic review for Wound Care Certification preparation. A list of upcoming wound care seminars and "conferences" can be found on the tab at the top of this web page and the home page.
The Association assists its members in Research and the publication of same is encouraged through the peer reviewed, Medline indexed journal, Advances in Skin and Wound Care, which has been endorsed by the APWCA and is provided monthly to all members.
Members can be Fellows, Diplomates or Associates of the American Professional Wound Care Association. The category of membership is contingent upon wound care certification, specific medical discipline and the ability to maintain a specified minimal amount of contact hours for continuing medical education in wound care. Board certification for credentialing purposes is accepted by APWCA when provided by organizations recognized to provide certification for specific specialties in medicine and/or wound care. To learn more about Fellow, Diplomate or Associate designations please visit our membership information page.
The Association provides representation for health care providers for insurance issues and insurance company policies. It also serves as a wound care educational resource for insurance companies so there can be a dialogue between provider and carrier to address items of concern. APWCA when feasible coordinates these efforts with other medical associations and related organizations so resources can be shared to best achieve objectives of mutual interest. APWCA serves as a resource to health care providers, patients and care givers, insurance companies, governmental agencies and industry while promoting excellence in wound care and patient advocacy. The non-profit status of the Association is one of many reasons it performs these many functions in an unbiased manner.
Benefits of membership are many and include: the Medline indexed, peer reviewed Journal, "Advances in Skin and Wound Care", endorsed by the APWCA; "E-Alert" a monthly email publication on the latest developments in wound care news (associated with Advances in Skin and Wound Care, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins); monthly APWCA E-Mail News updates, printed newsletter SYNERGY, Regional and National seminars at reduced rates, legislative representation, certificate of membership, designations for members APWCA on-line membership directory. Learn more about membership benefits.