Do you have a bit of a medical detective in you? Would you like to use your clinical experience to answer medical-legal questions and get paid well? Learn about being an Expert Witness, doing IMEs (Independent Medical Exams) and Life Care Plans. Our guest, Dr. David Oliveri, a board-certified PMR physician does all three in his highly successful practice. Find out what this work entails and if it might be a good fit for you.
In this episode we’re talking about:
- A medico-legal trifecta for side gig opportunities
- Being an expert witness
- Doing IMEs – Independent Medical Exams
- Creating Life Care Plans
- How Dr. Oliveri got started in med-legal work
- What personality type is a good fit – and isn’t
- Some steps to get started
Links for this episode:
SEAK Expert Witness Courses and Resources
Expert Witness Start-Up School
This is an online course created by radiologist Dr. Gretchen Green.
Independent Medical Exams (IMEs)
IMEs are performed to give an independent and impartial evaluation of a patient under a variety of circumstances. A common scenario is when there is a worker’s comp claim or a personal injury suit and the insurance company or attorney seeks the assistance of a non-treating physician to answer specific questions about the case. These questions may pertain to the causation of the injury, degree of impairment, treatment needs and duration, and guidance on short or long-term disability. The IME includes a review of the records and a comprehensive history and physical.
The most common specialties for IMEs are neurology, neurosurgery, occupational medicine, orthopedic surgery, PMR, and psychiatry, however, there is work for physicians from many other areas of expertise.
SEAK IME Courses and Resources
Life Care Plans
A life care plan is a document that outlines the future medical needs of an individual with a non-catastrophic or catastrophic injury that requires future medical care. This could be as simple as an individual who requires some physician monitoring, prescription medication, and perhaps a future surgery. This could be as complicated as a catastrophically injured individual with a spinal cord injury who requires equipment, supplies, home care, hospitalizations, surgeries, mobility aids, and architectural modifications of their home. (Explanation courtesy of Dr. Oliveri).
FAQ Article on Life Care Plans
Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP)
Program for becoming certified in Life Care Planning
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