AAOS Workers’ Compensation and Improving Your IME/QME Report

21st Annual AAOS Workers’ Compensation and Musculoskeletal Injuries Course

November 8–10, 2019 ~ Course #1903269
Hilton Atlanta Airport – Atlanta, GA

Half-Day AAOS Improving Your IME/QME Report

November 7, 2019 ~ Course #1903259
Hilton Atlanta Airport – Atlanta, GA

Course Directors: J. Mark Melhorn, MD, and R. David Bauer, MD


Improving Outcomes with Back-to-Work, Legal, and Administrative Strategies

Successfully integrate the clinical and non-clinical aspects of Workers’ Compensation  

Turn to this unique and practical course to develop and improve your approaches for handling the medical and non-medical components of workers’ compensation cases. Explore the current legal, administrative, ethical and insurance issues in your cases and how to address them.

New topics and faculty offer current perspectives on causation, diagnosis and treatment options that can improve your outcomes for occupational injuries and illnesses. Learn effective strategies for utilization review, causation analysis, report writing, medical liability, depositions, and communication skills with patients

Half-Day Add On! AAOS Improving Your IME/QME Report

Join this half-day training and review to gain clarity on the Independent Medical Examination (IME) or Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) report creation process. This valuable skill is rarely taught in residency programs. Faculty help evolve your skills in patient history, physical examination, IME/QME report writing, impairment, and defense at deposition and trial.

New! This course qualifies for 6 hours of California QME Credit!

J. Mark Melhorn, MD
Course Director
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Wichita, KS

R. David Bauer, MD
Course Director
Garland Spine Center
Garland, TX 

Bundle and save!

Register for both the Workers’ Compensation course and the half-day IME/QME Report course and save $150 on the combined registration fees!

To apply the $150 discount, please log in with your AAOS Member ID or call AAOS Customer Service at 800-626-6726 from 8:00am to 5:00pm CT

Registration Fees

Workers’ Compensation Course Improving Your IME/QME Report Attend both courses and SAVE $150
AAOS Member
Candidate Member
Associate Member
International Member
$1,070 $454 $1,374
Other Physician
$654 $1,874
AAOS Emeritus Member
$454 $1,174
Orthopaedic Resident
Post-Residency in Fellowship
PA Member
$454 $1,124
Allied Health
PA Nonmember
$554 $1,374

Course Schedule: Workers’ Compensation
Course Schedule: Improving Your IME/QME Report
Course Brochure
Printable Registration Form
Final Course Information

Registration Discount: Save $150 on combined course fees when you register for both the AAOS Workers’ Compensation and half-day IME/QME Reporting Course!

Workers' Compensation
At the conclusion of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Evaluate patients with musculoskeletal pain resulting from workplace injury and formulate a treatment plan with appropriate return-to-work guidelines
  • Manage the administrative and legal requirements of workers’ compensation or medical liability cases
  • Compare and contrast surgical and nonsurgical treatment protocols for workplace injuries
  • Identify how to avoid unnecessary disability
  • Gain familiarity with impairment evaluations and reports
  • Improve report writing and develop new skills in office management for work-related injuries
  • Use science to document return-to-work decisions

Improving Your IME/QME Report
At the conclusion of this course, learners should be able to:
  • Recognize the purpose of IME/QME reports
  • Establish specific steps for processing the history, record review, physical examination, and clinical studies
  • Understand how to incorporate impairment ratings in your reports
  • Create a standard format IME/QME report
  • Develop skills to defend your IME/QME report

  • Orthopaedic surgeons and other physicians who:
    • Treat workplace injuries or evaluate medical liability cases
    • Perform IMEs or wish to cultivate their treatment approach for occupational injuries
    • Are planning a shift in their practice focus to a nonsurgical format
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Occupational physicians and family physicians that see and treatment work related injuries and illnesses
  • Allied health professionals in physical and occupational medicine
  • Attorneys involved in workers’ compensation or medical liability cases

AAOS will consider the requests of persons with disabilities for reasonable modifications of policies, practices and procedures or for auxiliary aids and services where necessary to provide them access to AAOS facilities, services and products. AAOS encourages that such requests be made as soon as possible to enhance AAOS’ ability to accommodate the requests. All such requests should be submitted to the AAOS Office of General Counsel at (847) 384-4050 or legal@aaos.org.

AMA Credit Designation
AAOS designates these live activities for 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for Course 3269 and a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for Course 3259. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

QME CME Credits: The half-day AAOS Improving Your IME/QME Report course is accredited for 6 hours of Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) CME credit hours. AAOS is provider #1540.

ACCME Accreditation

Refund Policy

Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to Customer Service at: CustomerService@aaos.org or mail to AAOS, 9400 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Course cancellations are subject to the following refund policy. Webinars and Webcast registration fees are non-refundable (you will be notified if a replay is available to watch at a later date convenient for you).

Days Prior to Course Start Date Refund
30+ Days Registration fee less $150 cancellation fee
29 to 15 days 50% refund
14 days or less No refund
Course Cancellation

The Academy reserves the right to cancel a course thirty (30) days prior to the course start date. Any person who has ed for the course will be notified by email at the address noted in the AAOS member database. A telephone call will also be made to each registrant for whom a number is available. Persons whose registration is received after a course is cancelled will be notified by telephone and email. Registration fees will be refunded in full. However, other costs incurred by the registrant, such as airline or hotel penalties are the responsibility of the registrant.

For additional information or to register, call AAOS Customer Service Department at 1 (800) 626-6726 (US & Canada) or 1-847-823-7186 for outside US & Canada Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM CT or email: customerservice@aaos.org