By Kelly Wilbur, Esq.

The majority of independent medical examinations (IMEs) are performed by doctors who specialize in musculoskeletal medicine, brain injury and mental health.  There are, however, opportunities available for internal medicine physicians to perform IMEs.  Internal medicine physicians can be asked to perform IMEs under a variety of circumstances.  The following are some examples of the types of IME assignments which internal medicine physicians may be asked to perform.

  • Disability examinations.
  • Auto accidents/PIP/No Fault Insurance.
  • Veterans Examinations.
  • Medical Malpractice (e.g. appendectomy/appendicitis).
  • Workers’ Compensation (e.g. hernia).

Independent Medical Examinations can and are performed by internal medicine physicians.  The key to building a lucrative IME practice is learning how to do the work at a high level.  Independent medical examiners who deliver a top quality IME will typically see their medical-legal practices grow dramatically. To find out more about becoming an independent medical examiner, please visit


About the Author


Kelly J. Wilbur, Esq., is a Trainer and Consultant for SEAK, Inc.  SEAK has trained many thousands of physicians who perform IMEs. Kelly in on the faculty for SEAK’s “How to Start, Build, and Run a Successful IME Practice” CME seminar and has been retained by numerous physicians to expand and grow their medical-legal practices. Phone:  617-791-6802 Email: