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The Council on Forensic Sciences (CFS) is a not-for-profit organization which holds Council status within the American Chiropractic Association. The CFS provides graduate and postdoctoral needs-based educational activities in forensic sciences for forensic examiners.
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ABFP Certification Requirements

Each category and the recommended minimum number of hours are noted below. Credit for each category is obtained by completing the minimum number of hours and successful passing of a category examination on the subject matter presented in each session. Education may be obtained from any institution having status with an accredited agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or program acceptable to the ABFP. Any postgraduate course being used to meet these requirements is subject to approval and must be verified in writing by the ABFP.

The current requirements after January 01, 2011 are:

PART I CORE REQUIREMENTS (190 hours)
PART II FORENSICS            (100 hours)
PART III WRITTEN EXAMINATION (Forensics)

**Note: A candidate may sit for the written & oral examination after completing Part II but will not be certified as a DABFP until all 3 Parts listed below are completed and confirmed in writing.

College on Forensic Sciences, education in forensic sciences for forensic examiners. Impairment rating systems, Independent medical examinations, Fraud and abuse investigation, Functional (work) capacity and physical assessment (Federal) systems, Return to work and fitness for duty (DOT) assessmentPART I-CORE REQUIREMENTS
Category I-Orthopedics (minimum 40 hours)
Session Description Hours
1 Regional Orthopedics: Cervical Spine and Cervical/Brachial Region 10
2 Regional Orthopedics: Thoracolumbar 10
3 Regional Orthopedics: Upper Extremity 10
4 Regional Orthopedics: Lower Extremity 10
Category II Diagnostic Imaging (minimum 40 hours)
Session Description Hours
5 Radiology: Bone and Joint Disease 10
6 Imaging of Trauma 20
7 Diagnostic Imaging: CT, MRI< & Nuclear 10
Category III- Clinical Diagnosis (minimum 50 hours)
Session Description Hours
8 Clinical Evaluation: History and Physical 10
9 A Systematic Approach to Laboratory Diagnosis 10
10 Clinical Neurology: Examination Procedures 10
11 Concepts and Protocols in NeuroDiagnostic Testing 10
12 Assessment/Evaluation of Peripheral Vascular and Other Organ Systems 10
Category IV- Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Modalities and Procedures (minimum 30 hours)
Session Description Hours
13 P.T. in Musculoskeletal Disorders 10
14 Concepts and Protocols in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 20
Category V-Forensic Examiner's Responsibilities
(minimum 30 hours)
Session Description Hours
15 Literature Review, Critique and Research Design 10
16 Outcome Assessment Measurement 10
17 Behavioral Science Applications in Impairment Rating and Disability Determination 10
Minimum Total Hours: 190
College on Forensic Sciences, education in forensic sciences for forensic examiners. Impairment rating systems, Independent medical examinations, Fraud and abuse investigation, Functional (work) capacity and physical assessment (Federal) systems, Return to work and fitness for duty (DOT) assessmentPART II-FORENSICS
**Category VI-Forensic Chiropractic Program Leading to Certification (100 Hours)
Session Description
Hours   Program
18 Forensic Science - Introduction and State of the Art
20 Diplomate Forensic Science 101-105
19 Law for the Forensic Examiner
20 Diplomate Forensic Science 106-110
20 Explaining and Understanding Science
20

TBA

21

Independent Medical Evaluation

20

Independent Medical Evaluations (IME)

22 Impairment Rating and Disability Determination for the Forensic Examiner

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20 Impairment rating -
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23 Effective Techniques for the Forensic Examiner
20

TBA

**Instructors for the Forensic Chiropractic Program must be approved by the ABFP (Minimum Total Hours: 100)
College on Forensic Sciences, education in forensic sciences for forensic examiners. Impairment rating systems, Independent medical examinations, Fraud and abuse investigation, Functional (work) capacity and physical assessment (Federal) systems, Return to work and fitness for duty (DOT) assessmentPART III-WRITTEN & ORAL EXAMINATION (Forensics)
A candidate may sit for the written & oral examination after completing Part II but will not be certified as a DABFP until all 3 Parts listed above are completed and confirmed in writing.

CFS Mission

The Council on Forensic Sciences (CFS) establishes and promotes educational and training parameters, improves skill sets and encourages collaboration in the practice of forensics (application of medical facts to legal issues and/or proceedings).

The CFS provides graduate and postdoctoral needs-based and evidenced-influenced educational activities, training, tools and technology recommendations to meet the current and future needs of the forensic examiner in the fields of disability determination systems or programs, impairment rating systems, independent medical examinations (IMEs), functional (work) capacity and physical assessment (Federal) systems, return to work and fitness for duty (DOT) assessment, fraud and abuse investigation, compliance issues, post payment audits, ethics issues, documentation formulation, informed consent and/or expert witness activities.

This mission is accomplished by promoting high standards in professional ethics and quality of examination and by carrying out a dynamic strategic plan to help ensure the professional growth and success of Doctors of Chiropractic and other professionals.

 

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