23rd Annual AAOS Workers’ Compensation and Musculoskeletal Injuries + Half-Day Independent Medical Examination (IME) / Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) Course

Objectives & CME Credits

Learning Objectives for AAOS Workers Compensation Course

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

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


Learning Objectives for Half-Day Demonstrating Competency Course 

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 into your reports
  • Determine medically necessary health care based on clinical assessment and evaluation
  • Understand causation, apportionment, basic regulations and laws
  • Improve skills in report writing, deposition and testimony
  • Create a standard format IME/QME report
  • Develop skills to defend your IME/QME report

AMA Credit Designation

AAOS designates this live activity for 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for course 3370 and 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for course 3345. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

QME CME Credits
The half-day IME/QME course is accredited for 6.5 hours of QME CME credit hours. The full Workers' Compensation Course is accreditd for 5.5 hours of QME CME credit hours. Please contact Heather Bannon, bannon@aaos.org, upon registering for QME CME details. 

 Accreditation Statement

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

Allied Health Professionals: The AAOS is not accredited to offer credit for nurses and other Allied Health Professionals. To determine if activities offering AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for your licensing or certification needs please contact the relevant organizations directly.

PAs: You may be able to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for this activity based on AAOS’ ACCME accreditation. Please contact relevant organizations directly for review and approval.