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Applications are now being accepted for the Qualified Medical Evaluator examination, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 19. Applications for the QME exam may be downloaded from the DWC Website. The QME application form is included in the exam packet. Applicants may also contact the Medical Unit at 510-286-3700 to request an application via U.S. mail, email or fax. The deadline for filing exam applications is Sept. 12.

The QME exam will be given at two locations. The northern California exam will be given at the South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Blvd,.South San Francisco. In southern California the examination will be at the Irvine Marriott Hotel 18000 Von Karman Ave., in Irvine.

The examination content is based in part on the information contained in the Physician’s Guide to Medical Practice in the California Workers’ Compensation System, An IMC publication, Winter 2001, 3rd edition, and the DWC Medical Unit, “Study Guide” 2013 version, (available Summer 2013). As a result of 2003 and 2004 legislative changes and 2009 and 2013 regulatory changes, some portions of this Physician’s Guide may be inconsistent with current law. Therefore, it must not be considered authoritative, and should only be consulted as an historical document. Effective January 1, 2001, a physician seeking appointment as a QME on or after January 1, 2001, shall also complete prior to appointment, a 12 hour course on Disability Evaluation Report Writing approved by the DWC. (LC§139.2).

For more information please contact the Medical Unit at 510-286-3700, Joanne Van Raam at 510-628-2004 or Francine Wooley at 510-628-2038.