This is the most advanced training available on Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs) and is now available as a DVD set. You will learn through lecture, case studies, questions and answers,demonstrations, and interactive learning how to distinguish yourself 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 review this advanced IME training.
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Presented by: James B. Talmage, M.D., FAADEP and Steven Babitsky, Esq.
What You Will Learn:
• 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 timelines, 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
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James B. Talmage, M.D., FAADEP is an orthopaedic surgeon who now has a non-operative practice. Dr.Talmage is a Fellow in the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians and has been since 1987. He has been the Course Director for many courses and he has twice received the “President’s Award” for service to AADEP. Dr. Talmage is one of the original Examination Committee members for the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He chaired the Committee for two years and served on the Committee for a total of four years. Dr. Talmage is a frequent contributor to, and the Associate Editor of The Guides Newsletter. He was associate editor of The Guides Casebook, 2nd Edition published by the AMA. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor (Occupational Medicine) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of Meharry Medical College, in Nashville, Tennessee.
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, Cross-Examination: The Comprehensive Guide for Experts, Writing and Defending Your Expert Report: The Step-by-Step Guide with Models, How to Excel During Cross-Examination: Techniques for Experts That Work, The A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing, and How to Excel During Depositions: Techniques for Experts That Work.
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 several 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Takeaways & Discussions
Concluding remarks will be followed by an open and frank give and take between the faculty and the attendees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.