Wound Care Certification Study Guide, Second Edition

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May 2016
Jayesh B. Shah M.D.
Paul J. Sheffield, PhD and Caroline E. Fife, MD

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Dr. Jayesh Shah, in partnership with Dr. Paul Sheffield of International ATMO and Dr. Caroline Fife of Intellicure, has created the perfect tool for anyone studying to take a wound certification exam -  AAWM, APWCA, CWCN, NAWC, and more.

Now in its second edition, the Wound Care Certification Study Guide is fully updated with the latest clinical practices and regulatory and reimbursement information. Drs. Shah, Sheffield, and Fife, along with numerous contributing authors considered experts in the field of wound care, have collaborated to create the best possible study resource for these important examinations. The content focuses on key information that wound care certifying agencies consider important in their examinations, with self-assessment questions at the conclusion of each chapter to help participants identify areas of comprehension and concepts that require further study.

This all-inclusive study guide includes:

  • Thirty-three informative chapters that review the core principles candidates need to know to obtain wound care certification
  • A full-length post-course exam complete with answers and explanations
  • Comprehension questions at the end of each chapter
  • Over 200 color photos, tables, and diagrams
  • Clinical pathways with best practice recommendations for the practitioner
  • Guidance on how to choose the certification


“It was my pleasure to review the second edition of the Wound Care Certification Guide. I found the chapters to be well written and organized, building upon the science of wound healing while including practical clinical applications and sample questions. This text should be useful to all wound care professionals, including the novice and expert alike. It will certainly be an important adjunct for anyone preparing for board examinations.”
Robert J. Snyder, DPM, MSc, CWS
Professor and Director of Clinical Research, Barry University SPM
Past President, Association for the Advancement of Wound Care
Past President, American Board of Wound Management

“The manuscript is the result of a monumental amount of work. I congratulate all involved.”
Terry Treadwell, MD, FACS
Medical Director, Institute for Advanced Wound Care


Jayesh B. Shah, MD, CWSP, UHM, is President, South Texas Wound Associates, PA, and President of TIMEO2 Healing Concepts, LLC, both in San Antonio, Texas. His degrees include MBBS from M.S. University, India, and MD in internal medicine from St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University, New York. He is board certified in internal medicine and in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and certified in wound management and in hyperbaric medicine. He has over 18 years’ experience in wound care and hyperbaric medicine practice and over 12 years’ experience as program director for continuing medical education courses. He currently serves as the medical director for the Northeast Baptist Wound Healing Center. He is adjunct professor in Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center. He is coeditor of Wound Care Certification Study Guide First Edition, (published by Best Publishing Company), created the WoundDoctor app for cell phones, and authored 19 chapters on various wound topics in 4 books in addition to over 30 scientific articles in wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

Paul J. Sheffield, PhD, CAsP, CHT is President, International ATMO, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas. His degrees include BS in chemistry, and MS and PhD in physiology. He is a Certified Aerospace Physiologist (CAsP); Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT); Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association (FAsMA); and Fellow, Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (FUHM). He has authored over 140 scientific publications in aerospace medicine and hyperbaric medicine and has chapters in 11 books. He wrote and produced the Air Force training film, Plasma Bubbles and Decompression Sickness. He has served as editor of two training manuals, USAF Physiological Training Manual and USAF Compression Therapy Manual, and coeditor of two books, Wound Care Practice and Wound Care Certification Study Guide First Edition, both published by Best Publishing Company. In 2009, the UHMS Gulf Coast Chapter established the Paul James Sheffield Education Award to be presented annually to a person who made significant contributions to science and education in undersea and hyperbaric medicine.

Dr. Caroline Fife received her BS and MD degrees from Texas A&M University College of Medicine. After a residency in family medicine at the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas, she completed a two-year fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine at Duke University (subspecialty board certified in UHM by Preventive Medicine. She is now a Professor of Geriatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and the Medical Director of the CHI St. Luke's Wound Care Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas. She has been a certified wound specialist since 1998. Dr. Fife is coeditor of Wound Care Practice, Women and Pressure: Diving and Flying, and Wound Care Certification Study Guide, First Edition, all published by Best Publishing Company. Dr. Fife is also Chief Medical Officer, Intellicure, a Texas-based software company and Executive Director, U.S. Wound Registry.

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