This is the most advanced training available on Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs) and will be offered only once in 2017. Attendees will learn through lecture, case studies, questions and answers, demonstrations, and interactive learning how to distinguish themselves as independent medical evaluators. Physicians completing these intensive two days of training will raise the level of their IME work product, produce more valuable and defensible reports, and become “go-to” evaluators sought after by insurers, attorneys, brokers, and other clients. Physicians who are serious about improving their IME skills are encouraged to attend and participate in this advanced training. Tuition includes continental breakfast and lunch with faculty each day, a written critique of your CV, a written critique of one of your sample IME reports, and a detailed conference manual.
December 2-3 2017, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Naples, Florida
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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: A limited block of rooms will be available at special rates at the site hotel, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club (www.naplesbeachhotel.com) ($189 Resort View/$239 Gulf View). To make your reservations please call 1-800-237-7600 and mention that you are with SEAK, Inc. or click here. Rooms are limited and this rate expires Wednesday, November 8, 2017 so you are strongly encouraged to make your reservations as soon as possible.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Tuition is $1,295 on or before September 30, 2017; $1,395 October 1, 2017 – November 8, 2017 and $1,495 after November 8, 2017. Register early and save!
GROUP DISCOUNTS: Group discounts are available for two or more persons registering from the same organization. Discount prices depend on the size of the group. Our programs can also be brought on site to your organization. Please call 508-457-1111.
CANCELLATIONS: Conference cancellations received in writing on or prior to November 8, 2017 will receive a full tuition refund. Persons cancelling after November 8, 2017 will receive a full tuition credit.
What You Will Learn by Attending:
• History Taking Recommendations for Complex Cases Including Those with Multiple Injuries
• Formulating and Communicating Defensible Opinions
• Causation and apportionment in-depth
• How to effectively use objective medical evidence
• How and when to use evidence-based medical literature
• How to effectively use diagnostic testing and explain the results thereof
• How to write a high quality IME report with bullet-proof opinions
• Effective use of time lines, tables, and charts in your reports
• Mechanism of injury
• Disability and Fitness for Duty
• How and when to use disability guidelines
• How to confidently deal with questions on ability to return to work,work capacity, and restrictions
• How to obtain and perform fitness for duty exams
• How to defend return to work opinions
• How to Effectively Deal with Attacks by Counsel during Cross-Examination
Continuing Medical Education: SEAK, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SEAK, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
James B. (Jim) Talmage, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon by training. He is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and in Emergency Medicine. He serves as Assistant Medical Director for the State of Tennessee Division of Workers’ Compensation. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (AADEP). Since 1992 he has lectured over 700 times to physician audiences in courses sponsored by AADEP, AAOS, ACOEM, SEAK, and multiple other organizations. He does unpaid peer review of articles submitted to two medical journals. He is a Co-Editor of the textbook published by the American Medical Association on Causation and the textbook on Work Ability. He has helped author many AMA products on impairment rating. He is a paid consultant to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Steven Babitsky, Esq., is the President of SEAK, Inc. He was a workers’ compensation trial attorney for twenty years and is the former managing partner of the firm Kistin, Babitsky, Latimer & Beitman. He is the founder of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, the cofounder of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, and the creator of the AMA Guides Newsletter. Mr. Babitsky is the co-author of the texts Writing and Defending Your IME Report: The Comprehensive Guide, Understanding the AMA Guides in Workers’ Compensation, Litigating Stress Cases in Workers’ Compensation, How to Be a Successful Expert Witness: SEAK’s A–Z Guide to Expert Witnessing, How to Be an Effective Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial: The SEAK Guide to Testifying as an Expert Witness, and How to Write An Expert Witness Report. Attorney Babitsky created the course How to Start, Run, and Build a Successful IME Practice as well as the IME Skills For Physicians: The Master’s Program. He consults with physician groups to help improve their IME practices.
Day One (Saturday, December 2, 2017)
7:30–8:00 CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION
8:00–8:15 Introduction The faculty introduces themselves.
8:15–9:00 Advanced History Taking
The faculty will discuss and demonstrate interviewing and history taking techniques in complex cases including those with multiple injuries and/or illnesses, as well as multiple dates of injury. Attendees will be encouraged to perfect their interviewing techniques, including asking the questions necessary to obtain a good understanding of the mechanism and magnitude of injury. Exercises and Case Studies. Questions & Answers.
9:00–10:00 IME Causation In-Depth
The faculty will present causation analysis for both occupational and non-occupational injuries and illnesses. Attendees will learn the meaning of cause and effect, apportionment, and recurrence. They will also learn the differences between proximate, precipitating, and predisposing causes; as well as worsening, exacerbation, and aggravation. Attendees will be presented with illustrative case studies and exercises to bring these static concepts to life. Questions & Answers.
10:00–10:15 BREAK & NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
10:15–12:00 IME Causation In-Depth (Continued)
Attendees will be presented with vexing causation issues to analyze and work through with the help of the faculty and fellow attendees. Examples will include symptoms vs. disease, arthritic changes and hip/knee replacements, and mechanisms of injury. Medical-Legal Demonstrations. Questions & Answers.
12:00–12:45 LUNCH (PROVIDED WITH FACULTY)
12:45–2:45 Effective Use of Objective Medical Evidence & Diagnostic Test Results
The faculty will present when and how to most effectively use objective medical evidence, results of diagnostic testing, medical literature, and disability guidelines. The faculty will explain and demonstrate 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 and exercises. Questions & Answers.
2:45–3:00 BREAK & NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
3:00–4:00 Forming Defensible Opinions
The faculty will demonstrate, with the aid of examples, how to form opinions that are medically and legally supportable, defensible, and thereby credible. Medical-Legal Demonstration. Questions & Answers.
4:00–4:30 Ability to Work
The faculty will discuss and demonstrate what physicians should and should not say about ability to return to work, work capacity, disability, impairment, and restrictions. Medical-Legal Demonstrations. Questions & Answers.
4:30–5:00 Takeaways & Discussions
Concluding remarks will be followed by an open and frank give and take between the faculty and the attendees.
Day Two (Sunday, December 3, 2017)
6:30–7:00 CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
7:00–8:30 Mechanism of Injury
The faculty will present the mechanism of injury for the injuries that evaluators are most commonly faced with and will offer the attendees the tools, techniques, and literature to support a robust analysis of the mechanism of injury. Case Studies. Questions & Answers.
8:30–9:00 Fitness for Duty Exams
The faculty will present what IME physicians need to know about the legal and medical aspects of fitness for duty examinations, reports, and testimony. Medical-Legal Demonstrations. Questions & Answers.
9:00–9:15 BREAK & NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
9:15–10:45 Writing Your IME Report
Attendees will learn 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. Medical-Legal Demonstrations. Questions & Answers.
10:45–11:00 BREAK & NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
11:00–12:00 Dealing Effectively with the Attacks of Counsel
The faculty will explain 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. Questions & Answers.
12:00–12:45 LUNCH (PROVIDED WITH FACULTY)
12:45–1:45 Building Your IME Brand and Becoming a “Go-To” IME Physician
Faculty will explain and demonstrate with examples how attendees can build their brand, image, credibility, and reputation. The attendees will be presented with ten techniques for becoming a sought after “go-to” IME physician who works on complex, interesting, and lucrative IMEs. Questions & Answers.
1:45–2:15 Defending Return to Work Decisions
Faculty, through demonstrations, will illustrate how to defend physical capacity and activity decisions under rigorous cross-examination. Faculty will also discuss questions about liability of physicians for workers who get re-injured when returned to work. Questions & Answers.
2:15–2:30 Takeaways, Conclusions, Evaluation
The faculty will review key points and open the floor for a free flowing discussion of the issues covered in the two-day training session. Questions & Answers.
HERE’S WHAT PAST ATTENDEES HAD TO SAY:
“Very well done.”
“Outstanding. I have been doing IMEs for 18 years and learned quite a bit of information that I will put into use immediately. Thank you!”
“Very pleased with seminar, very informative.”
“Excellent, very informative, eye opening.”
“Thank you for an excellent course.”
“Excellent. The sample IME reports were outstanding. Thank you!”
“Both excellent instructors”
“Excellent handout book”
“Goldmine of legal and medical pearls of knowledge”
“Informative, thorough, well referenced”
“New and useful info and technique”
“Well organized – a lot of work put in”