DWC Qualified medical evaluator (QME) process
Qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) are qualified physicians who are certified by the Division of Workers' Compensation - Medical Unit to examine injured workers to evaluate disability and write medical-legal reports. The reports are used to determine an injured worker's eligibility for workers' compensation benefits. QMEs include medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, doctors of chiropractic, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, psychologists and acupuncturists.
Becoming a qualified medical examiner:
Online physician education course now available
DWC launches a free online education course for physicians and others interested in learning about California’s Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule. CME and QME continuing education credit available at no cost.
- Competency examination study guide
- Competency examination booklet
- Competency examination for acupuncturists
- Physician guide - As a result of 2003 and 2004 legislative changes and 2009 regulatory changes, some portions of this Physician's Guide may be inconsistent with current law. Therefore, it must not be considered authoritative, and should only be consulted as an historical document.
QME competency examination results:
- Online physician education course now available
DWC launches a free online education course for physicians and others interested in learning about California’s Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule. CME credit available at no cost.
- Online QME Form 106 Panel Request
For injuries on or after 1/1/05, online only as of Oct. 1, 2015
- Qualified medical evaluator (QME) database
Frequently asked questions:
- How to serve your report on DEU and be EAMS compliant
- How to Successfully Request a Represented Panel
For injuries rated under 1997 permanent disability rating schedule and prior