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Evaluation of Permanent Medical Impairment Rating (Based on AMA-6th Edition) Short Course - E-learning

Interests: Disability / Accident / Impairment / Functionality / Capacity assessment / Medical evaluation


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.

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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 2 days, access close after four weeks (28days)).

It is advised that the AMA Guides 6th edition should be available for reference and use during the course.

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.


Participants should complete all Questionnaires online.

Course Content

The following topics are covered under this programme:

  • Conceptual Foundation and Philosophy of The Guides (AMA-6th 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;


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.

Partner Organisation

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].


Delegates will receive a certificate for the successful completion of the programme.

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


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


R 6 000.00 (Inclusive of VAT)