Debora Holmes-Young’s professional certification: Certified Fitter-mastectomy (CFm) is certified and accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. She abides by a national code of professional practice.
An ABC Certified Fitter-mastectomy is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained in the provision of breast prostheses and post-mastectomy services. ABC’s Certified Fitter-mastectomy Scope of Practice document details the specific capacity the certified individual can practice. This includes patient assessment, formulation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management.
The ABC Certified Ftter-mastectomy is bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program. The Certified Fitter-mastectomy is obligated to support and conform to professional responsibilities that promote and assure the overall welfare of the patient and the integrity of the profession.
To meet the eligibility requirements to take the ABC certification exam, individuals must meet the specific education and experience requirements established by ABC. Applicants must:
- Possess a high school diploma, GED or college degree
- Successfully complete an NCOPE approved mastectomy fitter educational course
- Document a minimum of 500 hours of mastectomy fitting experience obtained either before or after completion of the fitter educational course.
Guidelines for 500 Hours of Mastectomy Fitter Patient Care Experience:
The 500 hours of patient care experience requirement serves as the clinical training portion of the mastectomy fitter education. It is optimal if the 500 hour requirement is fulfilled after completion of a NCOPE approved mastectomy fitter educational program; however candidates can use patient care experience gained prior to the completion of their education program.
The intent of the 500 hours of patient care experience is to provide the student with practical application of the knowledge, skills and competencies gained during their educational program. This is most optimally achieved if the experience takes place within an organization which primarily provides mastectomy patient care services. If a candidate’s experience takes place in a setting that is not primarily engaged in mastectomy patient care services, their experience will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine whether it meets the intent of the requirement.
Individuals who successfully complete the education, experience and examination requirements prescribed by ABC for mastectomy fitters are conferred the credentials of Certified Fitter-mastectomy (CFm).