The Division of Workers’ Compensation will administer the next Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) Competency Examination on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Physicians who wish to take the exam on that date must submit a completed original Application for Appointment as Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME Form 100). Send all documentation/fees required and complete the Registration for the QME Competency Examination (QME Form 102).
The application and all required documentation must be reviewed and approved by the DWC before a physician can be registered for the exam (Title 8, California Code of Regulations §§10, 11). The application must be postmarked by March 16, 2017 in order to qualify for this exam. Qualified registrants will receive a confirmation letter along with a Candidate Information Booklet by email/mail. The DWC is not responsible for late or lost applications.
All physicians are required to pay a non-refundable/non-rollover $125.00 fee to sit for any upcoming QME examination (Title 8, California Code of Regulations § 11(f)(2)). Before appointment as a QME, the physician shall complete a 12 hour course in disability evaluation report writing approved by the Administrative Director (Labor Code § 139.2). The DWC will assess the annual QME fee after the candidate has successfully passed the QME Competency Exam in order to activate the QME status.
The primary purpose of this examination is to demonstrate the competence of a physician in evaluating medical issues in the workers’ compensation system and to evaluate competency with respect to current California Workers’ Compensation System terminology, laws, rules, regulations, and medical-legal procedures. The examination is designed to ensure that there is a commonly understood body of knowledge and common language for QMEs which will increase the probability of ratable and impartial medical/legal evaluations of injured workers in California.
The test questions are now organized into four categories:
1) Clinical Assessment/Evaluation and Medical Treatment
2) Disability Issues/QIW/Vouchers/P&S
3) Causation and Apportionment
4) .Basic Laws and Regulations and Report Writing Elements
Candidates will not be asked any questions that assess specific knowledge of medical treatment (e.g., psychology, orthopedics). However, candidates should be familiar with the existence of the DWC evaluation guidelines and AMA Guides.
Please call 1-800-794-6900 or (510) 286-3700 or email QMETest@dir.ca.gov for further assistance. For additional information regarding the qualifications to become a QME, please visit the DWC website.