Examiner Recruitment, Credentialing and Advancement


If you are interested in seeking appointment to the IC Specialists’ Panel and meet the requirements listed below, please forward a copy of your curriculum vita via email to medical.services@ic.ohio.gov.


As a prerequisite to appointment, specialist candidates must have the following credentials:

  • A current unrestricted license to practice issued by the appropriate state licensing board;

  • Specialty Certification;

    • Medical Doctor (M.D.) - board certification as recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada, or the Royal College of Surgeons of England

    • Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) - board certification as recognized by the American Osteopathic Association

    • Psychologist (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D., M.Ed.) - board licensure as recognized in practicing state

    • Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) - board certification as recognized by the American Dental Association

  • Unrestricted eligibility to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs;

  • No suspension, public reprimand, or probation from professional practice; within the past five years;

  • Professional liability insurance of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $1,000,000 per annum maintained by the specialist or the specialist’s employer;

  • Documentation of CME credits specific to impairment rating, completed within the last five years (7 hours for musculoskeletal, 4 hours for mental and behavioral, 2 hours for other), and, if still in active clinical practice*, having engaged in active clinical practice* experience within one’s specialty for at least two years, or;

  • If no longer in active clinical practice*, having engaged in active clinical practice* within one’s specialty for at least five years, having voluntarily retired or closed practice within the past seven years, OR having accumulated at least three years’ experience impartially performing independent medical impairment evaluations related to work injuries.

  • *(For the purpose of the IC Specialists’ Panel application, “active clinical practice” is defined as providing direct patient care, including but not limited to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions within one’s specialty at least 8 hours per week, for at least 40 weeks per year, or equivalent.)

If it is determined there is need for your specialty in the region of the state in which you are able to provide examinations, IC Medical Services personnel will contact you to initiate the application process to verify that you meet the requirements for appointment.

Supporting documentation for application includes:

  • A copy of current state issued license;

  • Signed DEA certificate, if applicable;

  • Proof of board certification, if applicable;

  • Certificate of malpractice coverage showing limits and dates;

  • Signed release of information form;

  • Signed attestation questions;

  • Certification of CME credits specific to impairment rating, completed within the last five years (7 hours for musculoskeletal, 4 hours for mental and behavioral, and 2 hours for other);

  • Recent passport size photograph;

  • Two peer references; and

  • W9 form.

The completed application and verified supporting documentation are reviewed by the Medical Advisor (MA) and/or Director of Medical Services (DMS) for consideration of provisional appointment to the IC Specialists’ Panel. If provisionally appointed, you will receive notification and be scheduled for orientation.

Provisional examiners are scheduled for a limited amount of examinations during the provisional period to allow for review and education by the MA and DMS.

If, at the end of the provisional period, the specialist’s responses to educational efforts, reports, and examinations meet acceptable quality standards, then recommendation will be made by the MA and/or DMS for active appointment to the IC Specialists’ Panel. After appointment to active status, independent specialist examiners will enter a rotation to provide examinations according to specialty and geographic need. Examination reports will be reviewed periodically, and educational opportunities will be provided as needed. Independent specialist examiners will be required to apply for re-credentialing in five years.