• Continuing Education

  • AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment — A Case Based Approach to Understanding and Implementing the Guides

    Date: Friday, July 28, 2017
    Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


    Thank you for your interest in attending ACOEM courses. Pre-registration is now closed but you can register onsite.

    The ACOEM courses registration desk will be located outside of the Coleman A/B Meeting Room of the Hyatt Rosemont Hotel (note that there are several Hyatt hotels in Rosemont so be certain to check in at the Hyatt Rosemont, 6350 N. River Road, Ph: 847/518-1234).

    Registration Desk Hours:
    Friday, July 28; 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday, July 29; 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sunday, July 30; 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Registration/Hotel Information

    This is a single-day course that uses case presentations. Learning will be focused on the three musculoskeletal chapters of the AMA Guides (Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity and Spine) and will also include cases of neurological injury, pulmonary illness and other areas. The complex cases will use scenarios where multiple organ systems will need to be evaluated, thereby utilizing multiple chapters of the AMA Guides.

    Case presentations will be used. Initially, cases will be analyzed with the faculty taking the participants through the use of the AMA Guides and pointing out details and pitfalls. Once a few cases are completed, the participants are divided into small groups consisting of 4-5 physicians, a case is presented and then the small groups work on deriving the impairment rating using the AMA Guides. Once the small group work is completed, faculty members will go through the case and show how it should be done correctly, asking each small group to defend their impairment rating percentage, and pointing out any errors or legitimate disagreements with the impairment rating approach given by the faculty.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:
    • Define the purpose of impairment rating evaluations.
    • Apply appropriately the rules for impairment ratings as listed in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation Of Permanent Impairment, including determination of maximum medical improvement (MMI).
    • Appropriately identify the history and physical examination components required to satisfy the requirements contained within the AMA Guides.
    • Using case presentations and group learning approaches, apply clinical data to selected organ system chapters within the AMA Guides correctly to determine a validated and correct impairment rating numerical value.
    • Identify and elaborate upon what conditions that examiners may reasonably differ regarding impairment rating determinations.

    Target Audience: you should attend this course if you are:

    • New to impairment rating determinations and want to make it a part of your practice
    • Not new to impairment rating determinations and have taken prior introductory AMA Guides course(s) but wish to strengthen your knowledge and expertise by application of a “case based” small group learning methodology
    • Unsure about whether you want to add impairment rating evaluations to your practice and want to garner more knowledge about what expertise and experience is necessary to provide them.
    • Wanting a new and different approach to learning about the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment as opposed to the old, standard, didactic lecture presentations.


    Douglas W. Martin, MD, FACOEM, FAAFP, FIAIME
    James B. Talmage, MD, FACOEM

    Course Summary

    Length: Course is 1 day, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m.

    Format: Hands-on workshops, discussion, case examples.

    Note: In order to maximize the use of course time, all registrants are asked to review relevant anatomical constructs PRIOR to the course.

    Accreditation: The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    ACOEM designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) Maintenance of Certification Credit This activity satisfies 7.5 ABPM MOC credits.

    ABMS Core Competencies: This course will address the following ACGME/ABMS Competencies:

    • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
    • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
    ACOEM Member:  $365
    Non-member: $465
    Resident/Retired/Student Member: $185

    Contact Melanie Stanton at 847/818-1800 x306; mstanton@acoem.org.

    Payment of registration fees must accompany the registration form. The registration form and appropriate fees should be mailed or faxed to:

    ACOEM Lockbox
    39032 Eagle Way
    Chicago, Illinois 60678-1390

    Fax to ACOEM at 847-818-9265
    Attendees may use VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover for payment of registration fees. When paying by credit card, all pertinent information (card number, name of cardholder, expiration date) must be included on the registration form. If paying by company check, make sure the form and payment are sent together. Registrations received without payment will not be processed.

    ACOEM Federal ID#
    The federal employers identification number (FEIN) for ACOEM is 36-3593614. Some attendees may need this information when requesting funds for payment of conference fees from their employer.

    Cancellation Policy
    Cancellation requests must be received in writing at least four weeks before the first day of the course. A refund will be issued minus an administrative fee of $50, plus $95 for the course syllabus (if already shipped; the syllabus is not returnable). No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received fewer than four weeks before the first day of the course. Requests to change from one course to another must be received in writing at least four weeks before the first day of the course. Accommodations to these requests will be made on a space-available basis. Notification by phone will not be accepted for cancellations or changes.