Associations\Professional Organizations\Foundations

Associations founded to support wound care clinicians with on-going training, resources and CME credits.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy works to improve the nation's health and advance the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Formerly the American Dietetic Association.

The Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH) is a physician-specific organization in wound care that has been created to meet the needs of the physician in three subject areas: clinical and operations-focused education, compensation advocacy, and legislative action on health care issues. While nurses have had the benefit of nursing-specific organizations to address the needs of the nursing profession, it is the belief of the APWH that physicians have been at a disadvantage in this regard. The APWH is open to all prescribing physicians (MD, DO and DPM).

The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders is a consortium of physician and clinical organizations that have an interest in wound care.

The American Association for Long Term Care Nursing (AALTCN) unites all levels of nursing staff to advance excellence in the specialty of long term care nursing. It strives to achieve this by providing relevant education and advocating for long term care nursing.

The American Association of Legal Nursing Consultants (AALNC) is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the professional enhancement and growth of registered nurses practicing in the specialty of legal nurse consulting and to advance the nursing specialty.

The American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization established for the purpose of credentialing multi-disciplinary professionals in the field of wound management.

The American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery (ABWMS) is an independent, non-profit evaluative organization whose accountability is to the practice of medicine as well as to the public. The Board stands for the highest standards in the management of wounds and has but one objective; to promote and recognize excellence in the care of patients with wounds.

The American Burn Association (ABA) and its members dedicate their efforts and resources to promoting and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention. The ABA has more than 3,500 members in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Members include physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, researchers, social workers, firefighters, and hospitals with burn centers. Their multidisciplinary membership enhances the ability to work toward common goals with other organizations on educational programs.

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

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) is a professional society of more than 7,000 foot and ankle surgeons. ACFAS seeks to promote the art and science of foot, ankle, and related lower extremity surgery, address the concerns of foot and ankle surgeons, ensure superb patient care, and advance and improve standards of education and surgical skill.