CMLE Program

Certification in Medical-Legal Expertise (CMLE) ©

Offered by Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators (CSME) &
Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA)

2 Educational Day Program plus 1 Day Examination


The Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators (CSME) and the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA) are pleased to announce the creation of the CMLE training and certification program.

The purpose of the Certification in Medical-Legal Expertise (CMLE) is to harmonize and improve quality standards for competent, independent practice as a medical expert in various domains of practice in Canada. The Certification Program assesses the minimal competencies necessary to practice as a medical legal expert. The Certification Program is intended to be complementary to national standards of competence within a specific health care specialty, and enhance the competent, ethical, and professional practice as a medicolegal expert. The CMLE is not intended to replace any existing College or Board regulatory functions, but rather to augment those processes. The vision for the CMLE is to be recognized as the standard of quality for medicolegal experts in Canada and beyond.

The purpose of the Certification assessment is to evaluate the competence of a wide range of health care professionals in respect of relevant knowledge and judgement in the area of medicolegal evaluation. As part of this, several aspects of competencies need to be covered, including that of evidence-based knowledge and skills pertaining to a wide range of clinical scenarios, the application of core medicolegal reasoning principles and the ability to summarize this information in a constructive and clear manner for use by clinical and non-clinical professionals alike.




Mr. David Bertschi, B.A., LL.B., Partner, Bertschi Orth Solicitors and Barristers LLP

Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, MD, Clinical Rheumatologist

Dr. Jeremy Frank, PhD.,C.Psych,C-CAT(MB), Psychology (Program Chair)

Ms. Ranya Ghatas, B.Sc., B.Sc. Hon. OT, Reg. (Ont.), C-CAT (FO), Occupational Therapy 

Dr. Pravesh Jugnundan, MD. FCBOM. FCFP. FACOEM. CIME. DOH, Occupational Health 

Dr. Michel Lacerte, MDCM, MSC, FRCPC, CCRC, C-CAT (P), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. David Lipson, MD FRCPC, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Mr. Fabio Longo,Hon. B.A., MA., LL.B, Partner, Trianta Longo Personal Injury Lawyers

Dr. Rhonda Nemeth, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychology

Dr. Avi Orner, MD, MBA, CCFP, CIME, C-CAT (P), Family Medicine (Program Chair)  

Mr. Dennis Polygenis, B.Sc. Pt., MCPA, Registered Physiotherapist

Dr. Jessica Wong, DC, MPH, FCCSC, Research Associate, UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)

Dr. Konstantine K. Zakzanis, PhD.,C.Psych,C-CAT(MB), Neuropsychology (Program Chair)