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Online short course in The Evaluation of Permanent Medical Impairment Rating (Based on Ama-6th Edition)

30 Ethical Points Only R 6 000.00 (incl VAT)


Statistics show that more than 7.5% of the South African population is living with a permanent disability.

Many of the people living with these disabilities have been under-compensated by the relevant schemes and funds since the medical professionals dealing with their assessments do not have the training on how to complete these assessments and claims. This could result in significant financial and reputational costs to the patient and medical professionals.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and its role in impairment evaluation.
  • Describe how to determine Diagnosis-Based Impairments and make adjustments on the basis of the results of Functional History, Physical Examination, and Clinical Studies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to score Functional Inventories (including the QuickDASH, Lower Limb Outcome Scale, and Pain Disability Questionnaire).

Who Should Enrol

Medical Doctors, Medical and Hospital Case Managers, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Disability Evaluators and Nurses involved in the assessment of medical impairment for the Road Accident Fund, Worker’s Compensation, Rand Mutual Assurance and Insurance Companies paying disabilities based on permanent medical impairment.

Course Design

Online e-learning with presentations, lectures, case studies, reflective exercises, and questionnaires. (Minimum 3 days, access close after four weeks (28 days)).

In addition, those enrolled have access for one year to online rating guidance, functional inventories used in the Guides, and bimonthly question and answer sessions with Dr. Brigham.

Course Content

The following topics are covered under this programme:

  • Conceptual Foundation and Philosophy of The Guides (AMA-6thS/up> Edition);
  • Practical application of the Guides;
  • Report Writing;
  • Pain Related Impairment;
  • The Upper Extremities;
  • The Lower Extremities;
  • The Spine and Pelvis;
  • Central Nervous System;
  • Mental and Behaviour Systems;

It is advised that the AMA guides 6thS/up> edition should be available for reading during the course.


Participants are assessed on the course content through means of an open book multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ). This MCQ must be completed within 120 minutes and will be marked online immediately. Two attempts will be granted.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 30 CEU’s on Level 2


The short course was developed in 2006 by Brigham and Associates, Inc. (www.amaguides.com) under the guidance of Christopher R. Brigham [MD, MMS CIME, FIAIME, CIR, Editor of the AMA Guides Newsletter, Senior Contributing Editor of the AMA Guides (Sixth Edition), and Editor of the Guides Casebook and Guides Newsletter].


To qualify for the certificate of completion, participants should work through all modules and successfully complete the assessment process.

  • Certificates accepted by the RAF (Road Accident Fund).
  • Authorized by the AMA (American Medical Association).
  • HPCSA Accredited

Course Fee

R 6,000 (incl. VAT)

For information on the Independent Certified Examiner EXAM and the purchasing of the AMA 6th edition Guidelines contact us


OHSW School

Tel: (012) 816 9000
Fax: 086 502 1392
Email: OHSW@foundation.co.za
Address: P.O. Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Website: www.foundation.co.za

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