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AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Mastering the 6th Edition

Master the Sixth Edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment through insightful presentations and your active involvement in assessing example cases. The U. S. Department of Labor (Office of Workers' Compensation Program) and several state workers' compensation jurisdictions now require use of the Sixth Edition. If you are involved in performing impairment assessments it is essential that you understand both the concepts of the Sixth Edition and how to apply the new process and criteria. Participants will demonstrate the skills required to assess musculoskeletal, neurological, pain, and other impairments ­ problems seen by physicians evaluating and managing patients with work-related injuries. All attendees will be provided with complimentary one month access to online training to reinforce the knowledge and skills learned during the course. You must bring to the seminar the Sixth Edition of the AMA Guides ­ throughout the seminar you will be using the Guides!

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of day one of this educational activity, learners should be able to: Discuss the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and its role in impairment evaluation. Explain the reasons for revision of our prior approaches to impairment assessment. Describe how to determine Diagnosis-Based Impairments, and make adjustments on the basis of the results of Functional History, Physical Examination, and Clinical Studies. Demonstrate the ability to score Functional Inventories (including the QuickDASH, Lower Limb Outcome Scale, and Pain Disability Questionnaire). Explain why methods used in previous editions (such as spinal range of motion assessment and strength determination) are no longer determinates. Demonstrate the ability to rate most commonly rated disorders, including spinal pain, upper limb disorders (hand, wrist, elbow, shoulders and entrapments), lower limb disorders (foot / ankle, knee and foot), nervous system disorders, and pain. Discuss challenges and opportunities associated with this evolution in impairment assessment.

What our Attendees Said

"I highly recommend Dr. Brigham's Guide's training seminars for anyone involved in AMA Guide's impairment ratings. He has put on so many of these over the years he knows how to present what is needed smoothly and effectively in an easy to assimilate package. I have been to quite a few of these myself from my first introduction to the Guides 4th edition to his timely training sessions when the 5th edition came out and now the 6th. I left each of these ready to provide accurate ratings. His input in the writing of the new methods in the 6th edition musculoskeletal chapters takes us to a new paradigm that reflects his years in this field." "I loved the seminars and the expertise of the lecturers made the difference between reading the book and getting knowledge."


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Course Director

The course director is the Senior Contributing Editor, Editor of the Guides Newsletter and Guides Casebook, and internationally recognized expert on impairment evaluation, Christopher R. Brigham, MD, FACOEM, FAADEP, CEDIR, CIME, CIR. He is joined by Craig Uejo, MD, MPH an experienced occupational medicine physician who is the Associate Editor of the Guides Casebook and the Guides Newsletter.

Course Summary

Format: Visual demonstrations, case examples, and case solutions. CME Credit: The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ACOEM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA category 1 credit (s) TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ABPM MOC Credit This activity satisfies up to 15 ABPM MOC credits. Tuition: Course materials, continental breakfast, morning & afternoon breaks, CME/MOC credits Two Day Registration ACOEM Member: $675 Non-member: $815 Retired/Student: $345 Registration: Register online at or contact the ACOEM Registration Coordinator at 847/818-1800 x374.


25 Northwest Point Blvd, Suite 700 | Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 | 847-818-1800 | 847-818-8347 fax |


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