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Do Social Security Disability SSI Examiners have medical training?



 
No, they do not. Disability examiners, in most states, are simply individuals who have a certain minimal amount of education that pre-qualifies them for consideration for hiring. Typically, in most states (each state has it own disability determination services agency, or DDS, which processes case decisions for the social security administration), the minimum requirement is that they possess bachelor's degree. However, the bachelor's can be in any area.

If disability examiners do not have medical training, how can be they be expected to make decisions on disability claims? Examiners go through several months of training (in North Carolina, training was typically 12-14 weeks) which includes medical terminology and concepts, medical record shorthand, and, most importantly, how the social security administration defines "disability" and how it evaluates medical record evidence.

In addition to this training, disability examiners are supported by a unit supervisor who usually has several years of case processing experience, an assistant unit supervisor, and, most importantly, by a unit medical consultant (an M.D. physician) and a Ph.D.-level psychologist. These individuals "consult" with the examiner before a final decision is made on a claim. They also help the disability examiner to understand key parts of the medical evidence since disability examiners have no medical training per se.








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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.