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Like many other PAs ,I have been perforning DOT exams for decades. It's a pretty straight forward examination with well defined parameters . As of May 2014, only Certified Medical Examiners will be able to perfom DOT exams.

To become a Certified Medical Examiner you must:

  • Be licensed, certified, or registered in accordance with applicable State laws and regulations to perform physical examinations
  • Log onto the National Registry System and receive a unique identifier
  • Complete required training
  • Pass the Medical Examiner certification test
  • Report results of driver exams every month via the national registry system
  • Submit to periodic monitoring and audits
  • Maintain certification by completing periodic training every five years and recertify by passing the ME certification exam every 10 years

 As it turns out the "required training" ranges anywhere from $425-$590 for eligibility to sit for the required examination. Even for those who have been doing these exams for decades, there is no opt out of the training to qualify for the exam.(not even a self study model is offered) I have no problem with requiring competency with DOT exams, but requiring all applicants to support redundant training has raised my hackles.

 Leave it to the federal government to makes this process as expensive and burdensome as possible.

 

National Registry of Medical Examiners

 

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I already signed up for exam. If you're already doing DOT physical, then, the exam should be easier. I agreed. To maintain a license & to practice medicine this days, the requirement never stops.

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^^^.  I thought I was going to have to take one of these courses and then sit for the exam but I ended up leaving that position early last year.  Can't believe the folks that I would see who had had their prior exam done elsewhere and had absolute contraindications for passage, yet did (AICD, CHF with below acceptable LVEF, hearing,etc.).

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I already signed up for exam. If you're already doing DOT physical, then, the exam should be easier. I agreed. To maintain a license & to practice medicine this days, the requirement never stops.

 

I have no problem with verification of competency through examination….however…I do have a problem with this organization being in alliance with these training programs that have significant financial gain through the mandated training program.

 

Can't believe the folks that I would see who had had their prior exam done elsewhere and had absolute contraindications for passage, yet did (AICD, CHF with below acceptable LVEF, hearing,etc.).

 

 

This is probably  the reason that examiners need to be tested for competency due to many folks out there who approve drivers who really shouldn't be driving .

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I'm not surprised. Chiropractors and RNs can presently do the DOT exam. C'mon. And with all those fly-by-night truck stop DOT trailers it's just a big joke.

 

So, unfortunately for the rest of us licensed MEDICAL providers, we now have to go through a $500 course and sit for an exam we could probably already pass anyway.

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The official training courses are pretty dry. That's why I went ahead and used the Two-Page Cheat Sheet, Exam Walk Through, and Practice Questions e-books from The DSG (DOT Study Guide). It was simple and straight-forward, and helped me pass without any problems. They just released updated material with audio versions, too. I'm trying to get the word out, because they are quite affordable for what they provide.


 


Just use the coupon code for PAs ("physicianassistant") to get 40% off anything. Go to dotstudyguide.bandcamp.com

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