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Letter from the Chairwoman

Hello awesome ACCWS members! I can’t believe it’s’ been a year since my last annual letter.

2020 brought us the COVID 19 pandemic and unprecedented life changes across the globe. For the College it meant changing the way we traditionally offered our Live Symposium. Ultimately the Board decided to offer a Virtual Symposium. If you were a part of it you know how exciting it was that our international members from Romania, Mexico, Puerto Rico and others were able to join the Symposium for the first time!! We held our annual members meeting virtually in November. Now we are planning the 2021 virtual Symposium- you may have seen the Save the Dates. We sent a member survey out last fall to ask what you most valued in your wound organization. Based on your feedback, the Board has been busy pushing forward and creating new value added programs. Quarterly Round Table discussions via Zoom chat, Quarterly Newsletters featuring postings from you, our members are just 2 of the programs we are pleased to bring you. Our Facebook private group for members has been revamped this year. Be sure and check it out. 

As we walk through 2021 together, I anticipate even more member participation and feedback. Thank you for joining our College, there are many wound care organizations out there. We are honored that you chose us!

Best,

Karen Brown BSN, RN, CWS, FACCWS

Chairwoman Board of Directors ACCWS 

 

Our Board of Directors

Karen Brown

Karen Brown

Chairwoman

BSN RN CWS FACCWS
Dayton, OH

Serving since 2018

Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith

treasurer, board member

BSN, RN, COWN, FACCWS
North Charleston, South Carolina

Serving since 2021

Barry Creighton

Barry Creighton

Membership CHair, Board Member

DPM, CWS, FACCWS
College Station, TX

Serving since 2019

Norman McCulloch

Norman McCulloch

Board Member

MD, MBA, UHM, CWSP, FACCWS
Dalton, GA

Serving since 2021

Christopher Winters

Christopher Winters

Immediate Past Chair

DPM CWS FACCWS
Carmel, IN

Serving since 2017

Kelly McFee

Kelly McFee

secretary, board member

DNP, FNP-C, FACCWS
Savannah, MO

Serving since 2021

Naz Wahab

Naz Wahab

Board Member

MD FAAFB FAPWCA FACCWS
Henderson, NV

Serving since 2017

Christine Miller

Christine Miller

chair elect

DPM DMM PhD FACCWS
Jacksonville, FL

Serving since 2020

Jean Archer-Colella

Jean Archer-Colella

media chair, Board Member

DPM, FACPM, FAACWS, AASPS, FAPWHc, CWS

Dansville, NY

Serving since 2021

Richard Simman

Richard Simman

Education Chair, Founding Fellow

MD FACS FACCWS
Toledo, OH

Serving since 2017

General Mission of the College

The American College of Clinical Wound Specialists is dedicated to the advocacy, ongoing wound care education, and support of credentialed wound care providers of all disciplines. Our members strive to improve the public’s health by practicing and encouraging evidence-based wound care management to promote healing.

 

Educational Mission of the College

The College exists to meet the educational needs of its members in order to allow them to provide their patients with the most up-to-date, evidence-based wound care. Through quality educational offerings, the College provides the wound care community the tools, irrespective of their specific discipline, to perform the best possible wound care.

The College offers two wound care education avenues, the first is an on-site hosted option which your organization can fund. The second allows individuals to learn from top presenters in the industry in a conference setting. The College will soon offer online educational courses that you may take at your leisure.

 

FAQ’s

Do I need to be a member to take a course?

No. However, members receive a discounted rate.

What are the steps I need to take or how do I become eligible to become qualified to join the College?

First, obtain certification in one of the Certifying Agencies recognized by the College. Next, Click Here and follow the directions.

What can The American College of Clinical Wound Specialists offer me?

The College is uniquely positioned to provide networking and collaboration with fellow certified practitioners AND provide both the resources and access to quality scientifically-based education for those that are seeking to become certified or advance as a Fellow of the College.

What can the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists do for me as a wound care practitioner?

The College is a unifying body of interdisciplinary wound care practitioners, seeking to provide their patients with the most relevant and current wound care. As a member of the College, you will have access to and be able to network with fellow providers both in your discipline and across disciplines. The College will notify you of cutting-edge educational presentations available in your region. Having a voice in the leadership of the College, an opportunity to serve on committees or task forces will help shape the future of wound care and the College.

What can the College do for me as a Fellow of the College of Clinical Wound Specialists® (FACCWS)?

The presence of the College of Clinical Wound Specialists® is a collaborative of those certified in wound care by recognized and accredited programs, including the CWS® designation. The College serves to maintain the validity of specialty certification and to empower the professionals who have attained this level of education. By uniting as Fellows, the College will enhance our ability to work to increase provider relations, educate the public, and lobby Congress/CMS to recognize the designations of wound care specialist. CWS®, WCC®, ABWMS®, CWCA®, CWSP®, WCC®, CWOCN®, CWCN®, CWON®, CWOCN-AP®, CWCN-AP®, CWON-AP® are desirable credentials when considering rendering payment for the care of patients with wounds. Additionally, the College, by virtue of truly being multi-disciplinary, bridges many of the wound care societies, organizations and industry providers as an advocacy arm. Together we can accomplish changes in wound care practice, policy and payment.

Does the College publish a Journal?

The College no longer publishes a journal. The archived journal can be found at http://jaccws.org.

Services

What We Can Do For You

Check out what we’re up to at Wound Industry News! A members-only repository that details new advancements, events, and anything else noteworthy in Wound care!