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American College of Disability Medicine
The foundation of mission of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) is the belief that certification of independent medical examiners benefits the public good. This belief is based on the tenet that credentialed physicians have demonstrated that they possess the knowledge, skills, experience, and abilities required for the attainment of their certification as a Certified Independent Medical Examiners, (CIME)TM and Certified Independent Chiropractic Examiners, (CICE)TM . Credentials, therefore, are reliable indicators of the professional’s capacity to perform independent medical and impairment evaluations according to the profession’s performance standards.
ABIME’s Mission therefore is to set the highest credentialing standards for independent medical and chiropractic examiners by developing and conducting periodic credentialing examinations and certifications of doctors as certified independent medical examiners. To achieve this goal, the organization shall promote, sponsor, and coordinate high quality educational courses for independent medical examiners to enhance their knowledge, skills, and ability in the field of disability medicine including the use of various editions of the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.
Certification enables the public to make informed decisions regarding the selection and use of independent medical examiners. Independent medical examinations (IMEs) are evaluations performed by an evaluator not involved in the care of the examinee, for clarifying clinical and case issues. IMEs are an important component of workers’ compensation systems, and are also used to clarify other disability or liability associated cases. Impairment evaluations are often used to provide a more objective understanding of the impact of an injury or illness. The quality of examinations and examiners varies widely, and it has been often difficult to identify skilled, thorough and unbiased examiners, especially before an examination. Training is provided by several professional societies, however before ABIME there has been no national quality certification process. ABIME certification was created to establish and maintain standards of conduct and performance among independent medical examiners. ABIME is recognized by the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, which sponsors state-of-the-art training courses in impairment & disability evaluation.