Monday, March 17, 2014

New Tips To Prepare For your Next DOT Physical

New Top Tips For Your Next DOT Physical
• If you use eyeglasses or contact lenses or wear a hearing aid bring them with you.  It's a good idea to keep a spare pair of contact lenses or eyeglasses with you while driving.  For drivers with hearing aids you should always carry a spare source of power for the hearing aid.
• Bring a list of the current medications you take and also bring the name and contact number of the doctor who prescribed them.
• When you fill out the health history portion of the long form, do your best to explain any previous or current medical condition you may have.   Be as thorough as possible as to dates, and locations.  This is not the time to skip over important details.  If you are not sure if something is relevant, please do not hesitate to ask us.  A newer versions of the DOT physical form planned for the future is expected to ask more specific and more detailed questions such as prior hospitalizations (even overnight), previous history or testing for sleep studies, a broken bone in the past or history of a failed drug test.  Please see previous post dotmedicalexaminerblog New Forms.. Once you answer all the medical questions in the history form, you will sign and date the form.  FMCSA regulations state that:
A driver is expected to provide the medical examiner with an accurate and complete medical history, as indicated in this Form that is part of 49 CFR 391.43. A driver who provides fraudulent or intentionally false information is in violation of 49 CFR 390.35, and would be subject to the penalties under 49 CFR 390.37.
• You should also supply the medical examiner with medical records for any conditions you have, such as diabetes, cardiac disease, sleep disorders , neurological conditions etc. Before we can complete your DOT exam, we may need to review any diagnostic studies you had in the past such as for sleep apnea, exercise stress test or echocardiogram after you had a heart attack, and also obtain a clearance or "release" letter from your treating doctor.  If you take certain medications for pain, psychiatric conditions, attention deficit disorder, or smoking cessation for example, we would need a letter from your treating doctor as well.
    • Try not to stress yourself out and avoid excess tobacco and alcohol use before your physical.  Don't forget to bring your driver's license.  As far as the paper work, don't worry we supply all the necessary forms.  Your US DOT Medical card  or Medical Examiner's Certificate is issued the same day to all drivers that meet the qualification standards.
    • Special instructions to CDL holders:  If you missed the Self Certification period (ended January 30, 2014), and received a downgrade letter from DMV, please note the deadline date on the letter to submit your Medical Examiner's Certificate.  If your deadline is past and you are to submit immediately or get downgraded, there should be a fax number to fax your Certificate to Albany.  Otherwise mail your Medical Examiner's Certificate ASAP before the deadline to avoid losing your CDL.
    • Lastly, but most importantly, please review your Medical Examiner's Certificate before leaving the office.  If your Certificate is incomplete, inaccurate or illegible it will be returned to you by DMV.  It should be submitted to DMV on an  8 1/2" by 11" sheet of paper.  Don't send DMV your small wallet card and they don't want your long form either. ( long form refers to the 3 page medical history and DOT physical form).  Please visit a previous post Reasons Your Medical Examiner's Certificate Will Be Returned To You By DMV.
Should you require a DOT physical examination, we are located in the metropolitan New York area in College Point, Queens.  Same day appointments are usually available.  We provide expert medical care and a comprehensive interpretation of DOT FMCSA regulations at an affordable price.  We handle all driver qualification cases, whether straightforward or complex.

For appointments or more information, please call 718-701-5949.

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