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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. 

bullet Certification enables the public to make informed decisions regarding the selection and use of independent medical examiners.

Independent Medical 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 associated cases. 

bullet Impairment Evaluations are often used to provide a more objective understanding of the impact of an injury or illness.

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. 

bullet ABIME Training is provided by several professional societies, however before ABIME there has been no national quality certification process.

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.

The American 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.

bullet ABIME has certified over 5,000 exceptional physicians and professionals since 1996
bullet 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 performing IMEs.

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.



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