Which Wound Care Organization Is for You? (Eric J. Lullove, DPM)
I note the recent posts in PM News from Dr. Lai and the response from Dr. Lullove and I can certainly understand why he is a board member of one of the organizations would want to make a response. In that regard, I’m not on the board of any of these organizations and have no vested interest. I join those which I believe best benefit me and podiatry. To that end, in wound care I am a member of the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing and no other organization in the field.
The reasons for this is as pointed out in the original article by Dr. Lai. APWH is the only physician specific membership organization in wound care providing physician directed education and advocacy. The other groups mentioned by Dr. Lullove as he clearly indicates represent multiple fields practicing wound care. But nurses and others make up the vast majority of their membership.
APWH is the only organization that can dedicate all his resources to physician related issues and educational programs. Additionally, my observation is that APWH often sets the road which other organizations tend to follow when it comes to education or advocacy.
Last but not least, another reason APWH is a worthwhile is because its founder Dr. Steven Kravitz has been a leader on the forefront for advocacy and promotion of podiatry in wound care over the past 30 years. His passion and experience is something APWH is able to have other while organizations do not. In my opinion he is little recognized for how much he’s been able to accomplish for all of us practicing wound care.
Allen Jacobs, DPM, St. Louis, MO
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