Mission of the American
Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) is the belief
that certification of Independent Medical Examiners benefits
the public good. This belief is based on the
belief that credentialed physicians / doctors / consultants
/ companies have demonstrated that
they possess the knowledge, skills, experience, and
abilities required for the attainment of their certification
as a Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME).
Credentials, therefore, are
reliable indicators of the professional's capacity to
perform independent medical and impairment evaluations
according to the profession's performance standards.
the public to make informed decisions regarding the
selection and use of independent medical examiners.
Examinations (IMEs) are evaluations performed by an
evaluator - not involved in the care of the examinee, for
clarifying clinical and case issues. IME's are an
important component of workers' compensation systems, and
are also used to clarify other disability or liability
Evaluations are often used to provide a more
objective understanding of the impact of an injury or
The quality of examinations
and examiners varies widely, and it has been often difficult
to identify skilled, thorough and unbiased examiners,
especially before an examination.
||ABIME Training is
provided by several professional societies, however
before ABIME there has been no national quality
ABIME Certification was
created to establish and maintain standards of conduct and
performance among independent medical examiners.
ABIME is recognized by the
American College of
Occupational & Environmental Medicine (ACOEM),
which sponsors state-of-the-art training courses in
impairment and disability evaluation.
Board of Independent Medical Examiners is the world’s
premier organization, which sets the education and
credentialing standard for Independent Medical Examiners and
practitioners of disability medicine.
||ABIME has certified over
5,000 exceptional physicians and professionals since
||ABIME is the number 1
source for Certified Physicians performing IME's
The ABIME is a quality
assurance organization incorporated in July 1994 to
establish national and international uniform standards of
competency for licensed doctors / physicians who conduct
independent medical examinations.
ABIME’s Board of Directors and advisors include well
known experts from multiple disciplines, who regulate the
application and examination process.
ABIME certification is
recognized as the national standard for physicians
A Short History
1993 specific steps were
taken to create a certification body, and in 1994 the
American Board of Independent Medical Examiners was
incorporated in Washington, D.C.
ABIME is now an organization
independent of existing specialty and training organizations
- established to facilitate the development of an
independent & high quality medical certification process.
ABIME will interface cooperatively with other organizations,
and will not favor any specific group or specialty.