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Updated on June 18, 2008

Viewpoint Medical

Premiere Providers of Medical Assessments
Premiere Providers of Medical Assessments

I Work in the Industrial Rehabilitation Sector as a Kinesiologist

Hi there, my name is Daniel Tetreault.

I work for a company called Viewpoint Medical Assessment Services, Inc, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Viewpoint Medical is Western Canada's premiere disability management specialists, focusing on providing industry, insurance, private sector and the medico-legal fields with top quality independent, objective medical evaluations in the form of Independent Medical Evaluations. So, am I a physician? The answer in short is no, I am not. Then why or how do I work for a medical company one might ask? I am a Kinesiologist.

I study biology and exercise science at the University of Victoria in BC, Canada before moving over to Simon Fraser University in beautiful Burnaby, British Columbia where I eventually obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Science with a major in Kinesiology or B.Sc. (Kin.) for short. My official title at my company is the Senior Functional Evaluator and my role is to perform assessments on a variety of injured or disabled persons.

Some of the types of assessments I performed are called, Permanent Functional Impairment Evaluations, (PFI), Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE), Job Demands Analysis and Post-Employment Offer Testing (POET). Each assessment type typically involves the administration of a battery of standardized tests during which observations are made, data is collected and reports from the worker/injured person are collected. The subjective and objective findings are collated, itemized, analyzed into a raw data section to which interpretations are formulated in order to present expert opinions that address a referral sources concerns or questions.

In order to work in this exciting ever-changing dynamic field of industrial rehabilitation, one typically requires university education, usually a health science-related degree followed by specialized training in rehabilitation. most employers require a minimum of 2-3 years of field experience and/or clinical application of functional testing. Most individuals performing these types of assessments have either an degrees in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Kinesiology.

The salary for this position typically ranges from $44,000 to $65,000 per years based upon degree held, training, experience, and market conditions.

For example, when I see an examinee, I usually start taking some basic information on vitals (height, weight, pulse, blood pressure) in order to ensure that the examinee is safe to undergo physical testing. Then I review the worker's file to determine if this person has any medical restrictions or contraindications to testing and then followed by some questionnaires and physical screen to ensure appropriateness of the referral for testing.

The functional evaluator then administers a battery of standardized tests to the injured or disabled person that systematically and gradually assesses his or her abilities, tolerances or limitations towards physical testing on a variety of biomechanical, physiological and psycho-physical endpoint criteria, some of which include:

  • range of motion of the spine and extremities as deemed necessary;
  • clinical criteria such as volumetry (study swelling), girth measurements;
  • perceptions of abilities and corresponding disabilities and functional limitations;
  • Strength of the upper and lower body requiring lifting, pushing/pulling and carrying;
  • whole body range of motion involving reaching above shoulder, at shoulder height below shoulder, stooping to reach below waist, bending to reach at knee level and/or squating, crouching, kneeling to reach below knee level;
  • ambulation such as waking, climbing stairs/ladders, crawling and gross motor body movements;
  • hand and finger dexterity and strength

After all the tests are administered, subjective reports documented and data tabulated and recorded, all the test data is placed in a section called raw data, which served to support interpretations and conclusions and validate recommendations. Then a formal medico-legal report is created and a draft version is developed before undergoing peer review and adherence to strict Viewpoint quality control standards and quality control checkpoints and meet and often exceed industry standards.

Being a Kinesiologist and working in the Industrial Rehabilitiation sector as a Functional Evaluator is a dynamic career.

Sincerely,

Daniel Tetreault

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