AAWC Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the mission of the AAWC, and who can join?
The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) exists to be the leader in interprofessional wound healing and tissue preservation. Our organization encourages everyone involved in the care and healing of wounds, including patients themselves, to join in our mission.
2. Does AAWC offer certification?
AAWC’s primary focus is on wound education, and the education you receive through various Association Benefits may help prepare you for certification. However, AAWC does not offer certification. AAWC does not endorse any particular certifying body, but we are happy to supply you with information about your options. Various certification programs can be found on our Professional Resource pages under Education.
3. With so many organizations to choose from, why should I choose AAWC?
You’ll feel welcomed here, and you will experience a broader membership and educational experience with AAWC than with any other wound care association. That means that you will have the ability to learn more, network more, and gain greater perspective and knowledge about the best practices in wound care.
4. What do membership dues help the organization to accomplish?
We offer various benefits to our members that are very valuable. Also we are able to help the broader wound care community through careful planning and application of our finances. In fact, our main source of revenue comes from modest membership dues. For further rationale from our members, read our members’ testimonials.
5. How does AAWC meet its mission of community and collaboration outside of its membership activities and direct membership benefits?
AAWC believes in building the wound care community, and that community obviously extends to those who are not members of AAWC. We are positioned in the wound care community as inclusive and seen by others as giving and selfless. Our AAWC Task Forces focus on activities that benefit the wound care public, such as informational wound brochures, articles, teaching tools and evidence-based algorithms that are available to anyone, most often free of charge.
Another example of our commitment to collaboration is our membership in various outside organizations.
- AAWC is a member of the North American Wound Care Council. This group consists of organizations such as the Wound Healing Society, the Canadian Association for Wound Care, the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapy, and AMCICHAC (Mexican Association for Wound Care)
- AAWC offers assistance to the Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Campaign through membership in the PAD Coalition.
- We are an active member of the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders, a group that addresses governmental and policy issues in the United States.
- AAWC is also a Collaborating Organization (CO) of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), a group that provides leadership in pressure ulcer prevention and management.
- AAWC is in Partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), which allows for AAWC Members to travel to underprivileged areas of the world to teach wound care.
- We are a member of the National Quality Forum (NQF), an organization that promotes change through development and implementation of a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting.
6. Are my Membership Dues tax-deductible?
Individual member dues are tax deductible on Schedule A of your personal tax return, but the deduction is limited to two percent of your adjusted gross income. If your employer pays the dues, the employer will be able to deduct those dues under the itemized title of “Dues and Subscriptions”. Please check with your tax advisor on whether this information is accurate for your personal situation.
7. How long will it take before I start to receive my Membership Benefits?
From the day you join, it will take a maximum of 4-5 weeks to receive your welcome package. Your welcome package will include your certificate of membership, which is suitable for framing, and a membership card for your wallet or rolodex.
8. Does Membership run January through December, or will I get a whole year of Membership from the day I join?
Your membership begins the day you complete the online application process. You are eligible for AAWC benefits for a full year, starting the day the membership is processed.
9. How does the Scholarship Program work, and who can apply?
The AAWC Scholarship Program is open to members only. Anyone who is a member in good standing for at least one year at the time of application can apply for an award in the areas of education and/or travel. Find out more information on our Annual Scholarship Program.
10. Can I transfer my 20% Symposium on Advanced Wound Care discount to another member of my facility if I cannot attend the conference?
You may transfer your discount to another member of your facility if you cannot attend the Symposium. Please contact us at 866-AAWC-999. Please note that the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) is owned by HMP Communications.
11. What is the link between AAWC and HMP Communications, LLC?
AAWC and HMP Communications feel fortunate and enthusiastic about our continued partnership, established in 1995. HMP provides administrative support to run the day to day operations of AAWC. However, HMP has no control over the direction of the organization or its decisions. The journals Ostomy/Wound Management, WOUNDS and Today’s Wound Clinic are owned and provided by HMP Communications. If you already receive these journals, please refer to AAWC’s extensive list for our other Benefits.
12. Does AAWC have a Membership Recruitment program?
Yes! We encourage members to help us expand our community. Please be sure that the member you recruit places your name on the application or the online form. For each member you recruit, you will be entered into a drawing for a free membership renewal for both of you. Winners are selected on or around January 3rd of every year.
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