The European Association of Fellows in Wound Healing (EAFWH) is a non-profit international and interdisciplinary society for physicians and residents in medicine, who are active in the field of „management of acute and chronic wounds“. The society was founded on the 5 September 2017.
The EAFWH offers physicians the opportunity to become Fellow in Wound Healing according to the UEMS approved European Training Requirements. This makes the EAFWH unique in Europe, and if wound healing in Europe in the future becomes an official medical specialisation by EU law the EAFWH fulfils all requirements to offer this specialisation to the medical community.
Driven by the EU and the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), certification and recertification of medical specialists across Europe is increasingly gaining momentum. The formal creation in 2016 by the UEMS of the Thematic Federation on Wound Healing marked the first step towards more recognition of wound healing; a process which has gained further momentum by the subsequent creation and approval on the 20 October 2018 by the UEMS of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee Wound Healing (MJC-WH).
In 2015, a wound healing curriculum was developed by the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) under the coordination of Prof. Dr Robert Strohal and endorsed by the UEMS dermatology section. This curriculum has now been adjusted and adapted to the European Training Requirements (ETR) standards and thereupon approved and accredited by the UEMS in Brussels. The ETR can be accessed through the website of the MJC-WH https://mjcwoundhealing.org/about-mjc-wh-9469/documents
The decision about how many CME to provide for each element of the training programme is taken by EACCME independently from the curriculum approved by the UEMS MJC-WH. Any discrepancy between the curriculum and the EACCME approval will be adjusted in a future update of the curriculum.
Aim and Objectives of the Society
(1) The society aims to support and develop the medical field of the “Management of Acute and Chronic Wounds”.
(2) The major objective of the Society will be the performance of a regular series of educational courses in the countries of the EU and the EEA.
(3) The graduation title awarded by the Society is “European Fellow of Wound Healing”
(4) Next to the educational courses, any measures, such as the organisation of congresses and research activities, are possible. Notably, these measures have to serve the charitable preamble of the Society and/or improve the important wound healing field of medicine for the community as a whole and for the affected patients.