10/06/2023: Mastering Medical Legal Report Writing: Navigating QME Requirements

Friday, October 6, 2023

12:00 PM - 3:30 PM Pacific, Online via Zoom

Mastering Medical Legal Report Writing: Navigating QME Requirements

Delve into the intricacies of medical legal report writing and unlock your potential to create reports that withstand scrutiny, effectively communicate findings, and serve as compelling evidence in legal proceedings. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the statutory and regulatory requirements that govern medical legal report writing, and learn to navigate these complex legal frameworks as you apply standards to your practice.  Learn to identify common mistakes, such as insufficient documentation or inadequate analysis, that can compromise the integrity of your reports. Discover how various stakeholders utilize these reports throughout the QME system, and develop a structured and meticulous approach to appraise and communicate your findings. 

Led by esteemed experts in the field, this course combines in-depth knowledge, practical insights, and interactive learning to empower you as a physician. 

Not able to attend this session live?

This activity will be recorded and converted to an online enduring material available for credit. 

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the components and characteristics of a high-quality medical legal report

  • Discuss characteristics of an objectionable report, including potential pitfalls

  • Complete a thorough history and physical examination (H&P)

  • Summarize statutory and regulatory requirements, and apply these standards to evaluation and report writing

  • Prepare a written medical legal report in compliance with §10682. Physicians' Reports as Evidence

Course Agenda

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM: Lecture - Introduction to Report Writing; Medical Legal Regulations & Legislation

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM: Panel Discussion and Q&A

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM: Break

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM: Lecture - Report Quality Checklist; Components of H&P

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM: Breakout Room Discussion

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM: Panel Discussion and Q&A


This educational activity is intended for Qualified Medical Evaluators (QMEs), clinicians including MD/DO, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and others involved in the California Workers' Compensation system.

Registration Fees

Course Format

This course is a live, synchronous offering, and will be taught online via Zoom.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Michelle Meyer at (510) 642-8365 or mmeyer@berkeley.edu.


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health is accredited by the California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this live course for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12983, for 3.25 contact hours. 

The UC Berkeley Center for Occupational and Environmental Health is a DIR DWC approved QME Continuing Education Course Provider (Provider No. 420). Qualified Medical Evaluators may report up to 3.25 hours of credit for QME reappointment.

Dr. Steven Feinberg:

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Speaker Biography:

Dr. Steven Feinberg is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a California Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME). Dr. Feinberg is a past president (1996) of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He served as a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery (CSIMS) and served as Year 2001 President. In 2006, he received the Silver Scalpel Award from CSIMS. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Chronic Pain Association.

Dr. Bobbie McDonald

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Speaker Biography:

Bobbie McDonald, PsyD, QME, has worked in the field of psychology since 2000, and has practiced as a qualified medical evaluator (QME) since 2014. In addition to her private practice and QME work, she is the Executive Director of Equity Evaluations, Inc., a company focused on the mentoring of QME evaluators in all specialties. She has extensive knowledge of all aspects of the qualified medical evaluator system including regulatory requirements, workers’ compensation case law, and billing practices. Dr. McDonald is on the Executive Board of Directions for the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery. Based on her expertise as a qualified medical evaluator, she has presented at California Psychological Association and California Society of Industrial Medicine’s annual conferences. She has also recently published a comprehensive QME manual.

Julius Young, Esq.

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Speaker Biography:

Julius Young has represented injured workers in California for over 30 years. A longtime partner at Boxer & Gerson LLP in Oakland CA, Julius also has been the author since 2007 of Workerscompzone.com. The blog has won national awards for commentary on workers' comp case law, regulator developments, and the politics surrounding the California system. A graduate of Davidson College, Pacific School of Religion and the University of North Carolina Law School, Julius lives in Hillsborough CA on the San Francisco Peninsula

Khanh Le Kwan, Esq.

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Speaker Biography:

Khanh Le Kwan is the supervising attorney at Pacific Compensation Insurance Company, a Copperpoint Insurance Company. She is a certified workers' compensation specialist and has been a defense attorney for over 20 years. She worked for several defense firms before going in-house with Pacific Comp in 2016. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara and received her law degree from University of La Verne College of Law.