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Program structure

Type

Diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées

Number

2-452-1-1

Structure description

The DESS (Specialized Graduate Diploma) is a 30-credit post-graduate diploma: 24 mandatory and 6 optional credits. It adds a third year to your training (it can be completed in 6 sessions plus an extra 12 months for the written publication, and results in the issue of a diploma).

Segment 70

Block 70A Mandatory – 24 credits

Course Title Credits Period  
MMD 6220 Insurance Expertise Medicine 3
Understanding medicolegal duties, testifying in court, formulating arguments and expressing opinions, possessing all the necessary medicolegal knowledge. Assimilating the critical knowledge required to be an expert. Note: Course given in English for health professionals outside Quebec.
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MMD 6221 Legal Aspects 3
Canadian legal system, information on the ethics and confidentiality guidelines for medicolegal evaluators, recommendations on absenteeism, advice for testifying in court, statutes governing insurance companies. Note: Course given in English for health professionals outside Quebec.
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MMD 6226 Advanced Expertise Medicine, Part 3 3
Familiarization with the laws in force, the Civil Code, the Criminal Code, access to information, pension plans, occupational injuries and diseases, health insurance, hospitalization, ethics, professional liability. Note: Course given in English for health professionals outside Quebec.
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MMD 6227 Advanced Expertise Medicine, Part 4 2
Familiarization with multidisciplinary IMEs, mitigation of injury and loss, concept of reasonable accommodation, scientific evidence. Return to work guidelines, impairment rating principles, catastrophic injuries, automobile insurance and SABS, searching legal decisions.
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MMD 6228 Expertise or Insurance Medicine: The Written Publication 13
This course will help students write a paper of sufficient calibre for publication in a scientific journal and help the student in his daily activities. The student may also develop a recommendation that may be proposed to a professional association. 40 hours of tutorship by a mentor is a minimum for this course. Medical experts in practice may be asked to have 6 of their IMEs critically reviewed. Note: Course given in English for health professionals outside Quebec.
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Block 70B Optional – 6 credits

Students must choose one of the following two options: Insurance Medicine – Option 1 (MMD 6222 and MMD 6223) or Advanced Expertise Medicine, Part 1 and 2 (MMD 6224 and MMD 6225)

Course Title Credits Period  
MMD 6222 Insurance Medicine 3
Familiarization with different types of insurance, laboratory tests, insurability risk assessment, use of weight and blood pressure in insurability risk assessment. Note: Course given in English for health professionals outside Quebec.
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MMD 6223 Underwriting and Claims Analysis 3
Familiarization with risk assessment in underwriting, analysis of disability insurance claims, medical conditions of each system, most frequently encountered tumours. Note: Course given in English for health professionals outside Quebec.
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MMD 6224 Advanced Expertise Medicine, Part 1 3
Become familiar with the requirements of a position. Understand the effects of alcohol and drugs on the occurrence of accidents. Learn the approach to dealing with chronic pain. Understand somatoform disorders.
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MMD 6225 Advanced Expertise Medicine, Part 2 3
Become familiar with the access to information laws. Understand the legal problems encountered at the end of life. Remain independent and provide expert opinions on medical issues to lawyers and decision makers.
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Date of last modification: 19 July 2019

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