Welcome to ABWMS

Our Mission

To enhance the overall quality of health care by offering board certification in Wound Medicine and Surgery to physicians in the United States and Canada. This certification will be based upon an examination offered to those physicians who demonstrate appropriate pre-requisite qualifications in addition to the necessary knowledge base and commitment to the care and management of wounds.

Contact Information

American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery
127 River Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 549-2527
Fax: (717) 398-0396

About the ABWMS

The American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery (ABWMS) is an independent, non-profit evaluative organization whose accountability is to the practice of medicine as well as to the public which we serve. The Board stands for the highest standards in the management of wounds and has but one objective; to promote and recognize excellence in the care of patients with wounds.

The Board of Directors (see link) is comprised of physicians who have distinguished themselves in research, education and patient care. The Board is responsible for determining the qualification criteria for examinees as well as the development and administration of the examination itself. The Board confers certification upon physicians based upon standards of excellence that lead to optimal patient care. The ABWMS certification provides assurance to the public health care consumers that a physician has successfully completed appropriate training, has accumulated the necessary experience in patient care, and has fulfilled the examination and continuing evaluative requirements established by the board.

Certification Examination for Physicians in Wound Medicine and Surgery

2021 Examination Schedule

The Certification Examination for Physicians in Wound Medicine and Surgery will be held during the following testing windows:

Application Deadline Testing Window
May 12, 2021 June 12  - June 26, 2021
November 3, 2021 December 4 - December 18, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

In order to sit for the examination, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements by the application deadline.

  1. Be a currently licensed physician in the United States or Canada [Submit a copy of current license with Application.]
  2. Be certified or board eligible by a relevant primary board (American Board of Medical Specialties [ABMS], American Osteopathic Association [AOA], or equivalent) [Submit documentation with Application.]
  3. Have three years of experience in active practice of wound care documented by institutional Medical Director, Chief of Staff, or Chief Clinical Officer. [Submit support letter, written on official letterhead, with Application.]

  4. Be enrolled in or completed an ABMS or AOA approved training program and have completed a dedicated one year wound medicine and surgery fellowship as documented by the fellowship director. [Submit documentation with Application.]
  5. Complete and file an Application for the Certification Examination for Physicians in Wound Medicine and Surgery.
  6. Pay the required fee.

For more information please refer to the Handbook for Candidates.


Handbook for Candidates and Examination Application Form

Handbook for Candidates:
To download handbook, please click on the image below
Examination Applicaiton:


Online Practice Test for Physicians in Wound Medicine and Surgery

ABWMS Online Practice Test