Starting March 1, qualified physicians can apply to be a founding diplomate of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in October.
Wound-medicine board offers certification
In an e-mailed news release, ABWMS President and Board Chairman Dr. Richard Simman, an associate clinical professor in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio, said the organization was formed because "the time has come to formally recognize the practice of wound medicine and surgery."
According to the ABWMS website, the board's certification exam was developed with assistance from the New York-based Professional Testing Corp., which will also administer the test. Interested physicians have until May 1 to apply to take the exam in the June 16-30 testing window.
According to the release, the ABWMS "will seek to follow" American Board of Medical Specialties guidelines "with the ultimate goal of seeking subsidiary affiliation through current ABMS member boards or applying for direct membership."
The American College of Emergency Physicians declined to comment on the exam. A representative from the American Medical Association was not available for comment on deadline.
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