Advanced History Taking
Interviewing and history taking techniques in complex cases including those with multiple injuries and/or illnesses, as well as multiple dates of injury.
IME Causation In-Depth
Causation analysis for both occupational and non-occupational injuries and illnesses. You will learn the meaning of cause and effect, apportionment, and recurrence. You will also learn the differences between proximate, precipitating, and predisposing causes; as well as worsening, exacerbation, and aggravation. You will be presented with vexing causation issues including symptoms vs. disease, arthritic changes and hip/knee replacements, and mechanisms of injury.
Effective Use of Objective Medical Evidence & Diagnostic Test Results
When and how to most effectively use objective medical evidence, results of diagnostic testing, medical literature, and disability guidelines. The most effective and persuasive techniques for explaining and presenting the medical significance of objective medical evidence and diagnostic test results to a judge, fact finder, or jury. Use of normative values and medical literature will be demonstrated with case studies.
Forming Defensible Opinions
How to form opinions that are medically and legally supportable, defensible, and thereby credible.
Ability to Work
What physicians should and should not say about ability to return to work, work capacity, disability, impairment, and restrictions.
Mechanism of Injury
The mechanism of injury for the injuries that evaluators are most commonly faced with. You will be provided with tools, techniques, and literature to support a robust analysis of the mechanism of injury.
Fitness for Duty Exams
What IME physicians need to know about the legal and medical aspects of fitness for duty examinations, reports, and testimony.
Writing Your IME Report
Best practices for IME report writing including formatting, documentation of records reviewed, qualifications of the examiner, history, physical examination, expressing defensible opinions, and avoiding mistakes.
Dealing Effectively with the Attacks of Counsel
Attacks that IME physicians can expect to face including those on your impartiality, bias, finances, credibility, credentials, and medical opinions. Techniques for successfully dealing with these attempts to destroy you will be explained and demonstrated.
Building Your IME Brand and Becoming a “Go-To” IME Physician
How you can build your brand, image, credibility, and reputation. You will be presented with ten techniques for becoming a sought after “go-to” IME physician who works on complex, interesting, and lucrative IMEs.
Defending Return to Work Decisions
How to defend physical capacity and activity decisions under rigorous cross-examination. Faculty also discuss questions about liability of physicians for workers who get re-injured when returned to work.