SEAK has been providing interactive training for Independent Medical Examiners since 1997. Since then thousands of independent medical examiners have attended our training programs.
SEAK currently offers two unique live 2-Day training programs for independent medical examiners.
- How to Start, Build and Run a Successful IME Practice
- IME Skills for Physicians: The Master’s Program
Please click here for a schedule of SEAK’s Upcoming IME Training Programs or call 508-457-1111.
SEAK also offers the following training seminars for independent medical examiners on DVD.
SEAK’s Distinguished IME Faculty Includes
Steven Babitsky, Esq., is the President of SEAK, Inc. He was a workers’ compensation trial attorney for twenty years and is the former managing partner of the firm Kistin, Babitsky, Latimer & Beitman. He is the founder of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, the cofounder of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, and the creator of the AMA Guides Newsletter. Mr. Babitsky is the co-author of the texts Writing and Defending Your IME Report: The Comprehensive Guide, Understanding the AMA Guides in Workers’ Compensation, Litigating Stress Cases in Workers’ Compensation, Cross-Examination: The Comprehensive Guide for Experts, Writing and Defending Your Expert Report: The Step-by-Step Guide with Models, How to Excel During Cross-Examination: Techniques for Experts That Work, The A-Z Guide to Expert Witnessing, and How to Excel During Depositions: Techniques for Experts That Work.
Anthony J. Dorto, MD, FAADEP is the Medical Director of the Disability Assessment Center in Miami, Florida, which performs Independent Medical Evaluations, second opinions, functional capacity, and earning capacity assessments. Dr. Dorto is certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Disability Evaluation Physicians, and is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Dorto has lectured and written extensively on IMEs, symptom magnification and malingering, disability evaluation, and impairment rating. Dr. Dorto is an experienced trainer and has been on the SEAK IME faculty since 2003.
Mark Melhorn, MD, FAAOS, FAADEP, FACS is an occupational orthopaedic physician that specializes in the hands and upper extremities. He received his BS from McPherson College and his MD from the University of Kansas. Dr. Melhorn is board certified in orthopedic surgery with added qualifications in surgery of the hand. In addition to his practice of orthopaedics at The Hand Center in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Melhorn is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Section of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita. He has authored over 350 articles, chapters, and publications about his research of workplace injuries and illnesses; return to work options; impairment and disability;and prevention of musculoskeletal pain in the workplace. He has lectured extensively to physicians, employers, insurers, administrators, and legislators on industrial musculoskeletal, upper extremity disorders, and prevention of musculoskeletal pain (MSDs) in the workplace.
James B. Talmage, M.D., FAADEPis an orthopaedic surgeon who now has a non-operative practice. Dr.Talmage is a Fellow in the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians and has been since 1987. He has been the Course Director for many courses and he has twice received the “President’s Award” for service to AADEP. Dr. Talmage is one of the original Examination Committee members for the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He chaired the Committee for two years and served on the Committee for a total of four years. Dr. Talmage is a frequent contributor to, and the Associate Editor of The Guides Newsletter. He was associate editor of The Guides Casebook, 2nd Edition published by the AMA. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor (Occupational Medicine) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of Meharry Medical College, in Nashville, Tennessee.
John W. Valente, Esq., is a trial lawyer with the Rutland, Vermont law firm of Ryan, Smith & Carbine, LTD. He received his BA from Boston College and his JD from Suffolk University School of Law. Attorney Valente has written and lectured extensively on all aspects of workers’ compensation defense. Attorney Valente is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Society for Human Resource Management and Vermont Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Committee. Attorney Valente is the author of Avoiding Workers’ Compensation Aggravation, Workers’ Compensation Practice and Procedure, Workers’ Compensation Fraud, and Understanding Workers’ Compensation, Managing Workplace Injuries and Lowering Costs.
Here is what Your Colleagues have to say about SEAK’s IME Training:
“You have supplied my practice with so much information over the last few years our IME and Expert witness business has taken off.”
“Dear Steve, Just got paid a great complement from one of my referring attorneys. He said my IME report on a very complicated case (> 30 symptoms by plaintiff!) was one of the best he has ever received by an expert witness. I am grateful to have taken your courses and benefited from your personal tutelage. This training has been invaluable in growing my expert witness practice and helping me to produce high quality work. Keep up your excellent work and feel free to relay this anecdote to your attendees/students. Thanks again!”
“Extremely well run, informative, and entertaining”
“Faculty very competent and good teachers”
“More than excellent ~ profitable”
“Excellent preparation and presentation”
“Excellent way of learning in shortest period of time”
“Full of usable information”
“Outstanding seminar with multiple practical tips”
“Goldmine of legal and medical pearls of knowledge”
“One of the best CME programs that I have ever attended”
“Well organized – a lot of work put in”
“Excellent coverage of real world issues.”
“Excellent source of information… clinical and legal”
“Great, really appreciate individual feedback re: CV and sample IME provided”
“Very good, knowledgeable faculty”
“Practical point by point and examples of how to get started and forms to use, etc.”
“Very qualified speakers, excellent presentations”