Guidelines of Conduct

Each physician certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) is expected to comply with these guidelines of conduct.Accordingly, each physician should:

      1. Be honest in all communications;

      2. Respect the rights of the examinee and other participants, and treat these individuals with dignity and respect;

      3. At the examination:

         a.  Introduce him/herself to the examinee as the examining physician;

         b.  Advise the examinee they are seeing him/her for an independent medical examination, and the

              information provided will be used in assessment and presented in a report;

         c.  Provide the examinee with the name of the party requesting the examination;

         d.  Advise the examinee that no treating physician-patient relationship will be established;

         e.  Explain the examination process;

         f.  Provide adequate draping and privacy if the examinee needs to remove clothing for the examination;

         g.  Refrain from derogatory comments; and

         h.  Close the examination by telling the examinee that the examination is over and ask if there is further

              information the examinee would like to add;

    4. Reach conclusions that are based on facts and sound medical knowledge, and for which the independent medical

        examiner has adequate qualifications to address;

    5. Be prepared to address conflict in a professional and constructive manner;

    6. Never accept a fee for services which is dependent upon writing a report favorable to the referral service;

    7. And maintain confidentiality consistent with the applicable legal jurisdiction.


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