The Benefits of Mastectomy Fitter Certification

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The Benefits of Mastectomy Fitter Certification

Wendy Miller, BOCO, LO, CDME
Chief Credentialing Officer
Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC)

There are many ways a mastectomy fitter certification can help your business—or your career.  Most importantly, a certified mastectomy fitter provides a valuable resource for women in need of specialized information and assistance.

Benefits for Your Business

In today’s competitive marketplace, having a certified mastectomy fitter on staff can be the advantage you need. A certified mastectomy fitter is qualified to provide and/or supervise the assessment, treatment plan development and implementation, follow-up and practice management of women using external breast prostheses and other post-mastectomy products. Certified mastectomy fitters are recognized professionally as having completed a rigorous education and training program that satisfies industry standards, giving your business an additional level of expertise and credibility.

Benefits for Your Patients

Trained and certified mastectomy fitters are integral to the physical and emotional well-being of patients. They provide:

  • Instruction and training on how to properly use and maintain post-mastectomy devices.
  • A trusted resource for patients who are seeking guidance after a difficult medical journey including lumpectomy or mastectomy and lengthy medical treatments.
  • Guidance and confidence as they both educate and comfort patients while fitting them for prostheses and/or mastectomy bras.
  • Long-term benefits for the patients—and your business. They assist in establishing goals for each patient and implementing a treatment plan.

A certified mastectomy fitter serves a critical role in the recovery process and provides restorative support to your patients. Ultimately, this support allows patients to regain the confidence to continue their essential contributions as professionals, mothers, leaders, daughters and overall vital members of a community.

Benefits for Your Career

Whether you own a mastectomy boutique or work for a business as a mastectomy fitter, this certification can help take your career to the next level. It allows you, pursuant to a physician’s order, to address medical conditions of the upper extremities and post-mastectomy surgical outcomes. Professionally, this certification can make it easier to market your services and even to advance in your career. Most importantly, it can support you in achieving a fulfilling career working directly with women who need your help to feel like themselves again.

Today, it is easier than ever to achieve your certification. Certification boards, including the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC), the company that created the credential, offer a seamless pathway. There are also flexible options for scheduling your exam that accommodate your busy schedule.

Ongoing learning throughout your career is essential to staying current with the latest technology and other improvements in your profession. After achieving certification, certification boards make it simple to track your continuing education credit hours as you keep up with the dynamic and evolving mastectomy fitting field.

A nationally recognized resource, BOC was the first credentialing organization to offer this certification and has certified more than 3,000 mastectomy fitters. To learn more about BOC’s Certified Mastectomy Fitter program, visit www.bocusa.org/cmf.

NEW this year at Heartland Conference is a women's health track. Attendees should expect best - of - industry education, optimum networking opportunities with colleagues and vendors, hospitality like they've never experienced before, and more! Attendees will also have the opportunity to sit for their mastectomy fitter exam with BOC. All Essentially Women members are eligible to save on their registration by entering the code EW2018

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