International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators
The Society for Medicolegal Evaluation and Disability Medicine

Vision & Mission Statement

IAIME Vision Statement

We aspire to be the premiere society for the prevention and management of disability.

IAIME Mission Statement

The mission of the IAIME is to advance the science, prevention, evaluation, and management of disability.

CME Mission Statement

IAIME Continuing Medical Education Mission Statement

The Mission of the CME Program of the International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators is to provide pre-eminent continuing medical education which will build new skills and enhance the skills of physicians and other disability professionals, ensure appropriate accurate disability evaluation and impairment ratings, qualify selected physicians as IAIME Fellows or other advanced credential, and promulgate a standardized process of evaluation and in disability management.

In addition, IAIME will aggressively assess and evaluate the complexities of the Disabled State, and its causation, designing educational interventions and activities to reverse the medical, legal, and social issues contributing to the workers’ condition.

IAIME will further this Mission by designing new tools to measure outcomes and analyze the expected results produced, creating mutually beneficial partnerships with other medical providers, institutions and organizations, continuing to explore and to produce technological innovations for the delivery of continuing medical education, as well as, to produce and provide a relevant, responsive, validated CME Program.

The IAIME CME Program shall focus on making improvements to the respective Federal and state systems, identify the scope of practice of physicians in this field, promote the highest quality impairment ratings through valid educational interventions and peer review, provide self-assessment tools, and to recommend return to work options or accommodations, ensuring greater safety, improved health and better quality of life for the injured person.

CME Activity content will include, but is not limited to, disability evaluation, functional evaluation, impairment rating, return to work process, causation, apportionment, scientific basis as it becomes available, societal issues of the disabled worker, and development of the business of disability evaluation. The IAIME will continuously strive to validate content, establish scientific basis, ensure relevancy, and to measure the impact of educational interventions to the practice of medicine in the disability arena

The primary audience for IAIME continuing medical education activities will be those MDs and DOs who perform or wish to perform impairment assessments and disability evaluations in their respective venues. Secondary audiences will include, but are not limited to, chiropractors, particularly in those geographic regions in which they play a significant role, ancillary healthcare professionals who support the practice of assessing impairment and disability, attorneys, regulators, agency personnel, case management professionals, legislators, insurance professionals, and medical school personnel.

IAIME will provide live CME activities, including, but not limited to, Guides training, Comprehensive Education Courses, Certificate courses, Advanced/Specialty topics, basic and advanced Skills modules, Medical Evidence Conferences, and an Annual Scientific Session. These activities range from one day to four days in length and award Certifications as designed.

These activities may also become available as distance learning modules or activities and may include CD-ROM, audiotape, VHS, DVD, as well as, teleconferences, on-line activities or other electronic formats, all in compliance with ACCME standards.

The IAIME has set current educational operating goals, which include, but are not limited to:

• Changing the focus of CME activities from disability evaluation and impairment rating to disability management 
• Addressing disabled worker in society dilemma collaborating to resolve issues involved 
• Increasing learner-faculty interactivity to improve retention for the adult learner 
• Developing multiple formats for each content area 
• Designing an electronic evaluation method 
• Developing yearlong curricula more consistently 
• Assisting faculty members to improve syllabus materials/speaking skills 
• Publishing a Newsletter on disability 
• Developing additional self-assessment tools 
• Providing an introductory teaching tool for Residency Program Directors

In addition to the outcomes and expected results articulated in the introductory paragraph, IAIME will work to ensure improved impairment evaluations, enhanced learning from didactic lectures, improved report writing, better deposition skills, greater support of medical opinions from the legal profession, increased recognition of IAIME by industry and enhancement of Academy members’ practices. Expected results may include well-trained and credentialed disability and impairment evaluation professionals, greater standardization of evaluations, uniformity in disability and impairment evaluation skills and techniques, increased usage of self-assessment tool(s), and increased practice revenues.

Potential for measurement of these outcomes and expected results will be considered on an annual basis at the Academy’s Strategic Planning Retreat. Determination of which activities and results lend themselves to being measurable for the following year’s program will be made at that time. Measurement will be evaluated as CME activities evolve and appropriate tools are designed or become available to ensure the greatest impact on the quality and validity of the IAIME's CME Program.

Adopted: June 15, 2008

Edwin Klimek, MD, President and AADEP CME Medical Coordinator