There are many reasons for a physician to select the Council for Medical Education and Testing (CMET) as “The certification of choice”. Until CMET was formed the multidisciplinary exams were the only certification available for physicians while nurses for many by years have had two options, including nurse specific WOCN certification. With the advent of CMET, physicians are now for the FIRST TIME offered a certification that is physician specific by a physician specific organization. This certification is endorsed by the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH) and recognized by the American College of Lower Extremity Surgeons (ACLES) . ALL other wound care certifications are provided by multidisciplinary organizations.
The CMET exam is the only certification process for the physician wound care specialist offered by a Physician Specific Organization in the United States. No other organization can make that claim. Any other organization offering physician specific certification has followed the footsteps of the CMET and is multidisciplinary. So the next question is: Why is this so important? The following should provide answers to that question and explain where this project intends to go in the future.
Here are some of the top reasons cited by wound care specialists who have become “Physicians Certified in Wound Care-CMET”:
- The CMET Exam - developed by physicians for physicians. This exam was created in response to credentialing committees that requested physician specific certification. CMET is the only physician specific organization in Wound Care. No other organization can make that claim.
- The CMET Exam - the first certification to be physician specific. It is peer produced, peer proven. The examination has gone through multiple beta testing and critical analysis of questions by practicing physicians so that the exam is relevant to current standards of daily practice.
- TRUE PHYSICIAN BOARD CERTIFICATION IN WOUND CARE is not yet available today. The CMET Exam is the first step - paving the way for specialty development. The CMET goal is specialty recognition in Wound Care which traditionally has been accomplished by physician specific organizations to date. That is the reason CMET was formed. See paragraph below for additional information.
- The CMET Exam - the professional’s mark of achievement, the public seal of an academic accomplishment, and the foundation for specialty recognition.
- There are no dues or membership fee for CMET as are found with other certifying organizations in Wound Care. Those certified by CMET do not have to worry about revoked certification status simply because dues are not paid.
- Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH), which endorses the CMET exam, is the only full service membership organization in wound care that is specifically for prescribing physicians (MD, DO, DPM). www.apwh.org
- American College of College of Lower Extremity Surgeons (ACLES) recognizes the CMET exam as the physician certification in Wound Care. www.aclesurg.org
Certification is becoming increasingly important as more hospitals and Wound Healing Centers look for credentials. This observation, combined with the facts above, we believe gives the CMET examination a bright and growing future. Additionally, keep in mind that Wound Care is not a physician recognized specialty in medicine today. Specialty recognition requires allopathic medicine, through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), to approve Wound Care and with this the funding of residencies and fellowships in the subject area through Medicare. This is a CMET goal. Obtaining a critical mass of CMET certified physicians can be a critical factor in demonstrating to the required agencies that there is a focused interest in this area of clinical practice. Staying dedicated to the task we believe future specialty recognition can ultimately be obtained.
The CMET is committed to moving the process forward and realizes that there will be many challenges, much work to do and likely considerable expense. That said, APWH and ACLES believe that CMET as a physician specific organization can be very helpful in achieving the goal of specialty recognition in Wound Care. As Robert Bartlett, MD, FAPWHc, CMET President and Examination Committee Chair, noted, “the evolution of specialty recognition may not occur for quite some time. In the interim this exam will provide formal recognition to those practitioners who have substantial expertise in wound management”.
Sitting for the CMET exam not only provides physician specific certification but also supports the CMET in achieving the goal of specialty recognition!