Associations & Organizations

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

The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine (ACHM) is a professional organization founded to support the clinical applications and professional practice of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and to serve the developing specialty of wound care. Members of the ACHM include physicians, nurses, technicians and allied health care professionals who are dedicated to the appropriate utilization of hyperbaric oxygen for the benefit of patients.

The American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWHTR) is a non-profit organization based in Chicago committed to advancing the field of wound care through education, research, and advocacy. The ACWHTR fosters the training of medical professionals through the sharing of a physician-based, clinical fellowship curriculum developed in conjunction with the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System and allied health care colleges and programs. The ultimate goal of the organization is to designate wound care as a board-certified medical specialty.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 90,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy’s role in the nation’s health care system.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) represents a vast majority of the estimated 15,000 podiatrists in the country. In addition to the national headquarters, APMA boasts 53 state component locations throughout the United States. The APMA is dedicated to promoting foot and ankle health, member service, and professional excellence as well as advancing the growth and stability of podiatric medicine by increasing nationwide awareness of foot and ankle health through public education and legislative advocacy.

The American Professional Wound Care Association® (APWCA) is a non-profit medical association welcoming all medical providers involved in prevention, treatment and pain management of all forms of non-healing wounds. It provides an informational and educational forum for health care providers, while promoting excellence in wound care and patient advocacy. The APWCA offers four levels of membership: Fellow (FAPWCA), Diplomate (DAPWCA), Associate (AAPWCA) and Master (MAPWCA).

The American Society for Pain Management Nursing’s (ASPMN) mission is to advance and promote optimal nursing care for people affected by pain by promoting best nursing practices. This is accomplished through education, standards, advocacy and research.

The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. Founded in 1976, ASPEN is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 6,400 members from around the world, ASPEN is a community of dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students, and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support, clinical practice, research, and education.

The American Surgical Association (ASA) is the nation’s oldest surgical organization. The primary mission of the ASA is to be the premier organization for surgical science and scholarship and to provide a national forum for presenting the developing state of the art and science of general and sub-specialty surgery and the elevation of the standards of the medical/surgical profession.

The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the research and clinical application of evidence-based wound care. As a not-for-profit association, AAWC gives numerous benefits to build a collaborative wound care community for optimal care of those who suffer with chronic non-healing wounds.

The Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA) is a multi-disciplinary, non-profit association consisting of persons who are committed to developing and improving wound management for all individuals through education, research, communication and networks.