Industrial Commission Medical Specialist Resources

Educational Resources

The Ohio Industrial Commission Medical Services section is committed to developing a panel of specialist examiners that are well trained and knowledgeable not only within their own specialty, but also within the specialty of impairment evaluation. It has become requisite in our credentialing process that specialist examiners demonstrate continuing education in the area of impairment evaluation. We hope the information here will help guide you in your attempt to find resources for further learning.

New Specialist Orientation

Prior to initiating independent medical examinations for the Industrial Commission, the following presentations are reviewed with new specialists by the Chief Medical Advisor to orient them to some of the unique requirements of examinations and reporting in the case of evaluation for permanent total disability.

Orientation Presentations:

Independent Medical Examinations: Medical/Musculoskeletal IME Evaluations

Independent Medical Examinations: Mental and Behavioral IME Evaluations
NOTE: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the presentations. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download it here for free.

Video Review for Permanent Total Disability Examinations

This eight minute video reviews the essential elements of the Ohio Industrial Commission permanent total disability examination process. It is a good review for all specialist examiners, however, it is especially important for new examiners, infrequent examiners and out of state examiners, to review this video prior to initiating the examination.

Click Here to View the Video
NOTE: The video will play in your computer's video player, such as Windows Media Player.

Useful Web Sites

These sites will provide information on learning opportunities:  

American Medical Association book and periodical catalogue at provides listings and ordering information for all AMA publications related to the AMA Guides.

American Medical Association Continuing Medical Education FAQ’s at addresses questions distinguishing types of education credits and documentation guidelines.

American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians at sponsors educational seminars and provides certification.

American Board of Independent Medical Examiners at sponsors educational seminars and provides certification.

On our Web site at, we archive MediScene newsletters with attached review questions. Credentialing information, detailed instructions, and sample reports for specialist examiners are also included in our Medical Examination Manual.

SEAK, provides educational seminars and publications.

Suggested Reading

You might find the following reading suggestions particularly helpful:

The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fifth Edition - Chapters one and two and your specialty-specific chapter

The Ohio Industrial Commission MediScene newsletters  

The Guides Newsletter - Available through AMA

The Ohio Industrial Commission Medical Examination Manual



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