Membership is open to physicians and allied medical specialists who are involved in treating patients with non-healing or complex wounds. These include: anesthesiologist/pain management, diabetologists/endocrinologists, general surgeons, infectious disease specialists, internists, wound care nurses, nutritionists, orthopedists, pedorthists, physical therapists, plastic surgeons, podiatrists, vascular surgeons, and all specialists involved in the management of wounds and the related complications!
There are a total of five types of membership. Four types of membership are designated as credentialed members and have the following requirements as specified in items 1-4 below as well as the descriptor provided with each designation.
The four designated as credentialed members include Fellow, Diplomate & Associate all of which have the following basic and essential requirements listed immediately below. The fourth credentialed members is the *Master Designation as noted with the 4th bullet below. Masters with a clinical degree must also maintain the following requirements (1 through 4). However, Master Designees with a PhD involved in scientific research and not involved in the clinical treatment of patients would not have to maintain items 1-3 of the following as these items would not be applicable.
Credentialed Membership Designations:
The above are credentialed members and able to use the following designations after their degree with their signature as: FAPWCA (Fellow), DAPWCA (Diplomate), AAPWCA (Associate) or MAPWCA (Master), eg.: John Doe, MD, FAPWCA. Non-credentialed members are also welcome as an integral aspect of this Association and have the same rights and privileges but do not have designated pneumonic abbreviations to use with with their signature. There are two such member categories:
Benefits of membership are many and are available to all 6 member categories. These include:
Dues are payable annually at $195.00 for physicians and $135.00 for all non-physicians. The non-profit APWCA is proudly one of the best dollar value organizations in wound care available. Credentialed Members are required to maintain continuing medical education credit (CME/CE) in the area of wound care (21 hours over a three year period) by attending educational activities administered by the APWCA or other conferences approved by the APWCA Board of Directors (i.e. or sponsored by a university, or specific medical organizations).
One may include membership designation or credential in his/her curriculum vitae, professional card, or other listing as Fellow, Diplomate, Affiliate Member or Industry Member of the American Professional Wound Care Association.
ALL MEMBERS irrespective of membership category are treated equally within the APWCA. All have equal rights, privileges and opportunity to have input, serve on and chair committees or run for office. Name badges at our seminars reference APWCA attendees as "members" and do not differentiate category emphasizing the synergy encouraged between members in different disciplines and those of different "credentialed and academic" backgrounds.