|Spady certified as Medical Examiner for Department of Transportation|
Jodi Spady, Physician’s Assistant at Chase County Community Hospital and Clinic, received training and became a Certified Medical Examiner for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMSA), a division of the U. S. Department of Transportation.
Spady completed the certification in January.
The FCMSA program requires all medical examiners who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards by May 21.
Medical providers without certification may provide these examinations without certification through that date. After May 21, only medical providers who have been certified may perform the examinations.
Medical providers who have completed the training and successfully passed the test are included in an online directory on the National Registry of Medical Examiners at nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov.
According to Spady, “The purpose of the FCSMA program is to provide standardized testing for commercial motor vehicle drivers in an effort to keep our roads safer. The new standards involve a more thorough exam than existed previously.”
Physical examinations include but are not limited to vision, hearing, pulmonary functions, neurological functions, drug and alcohol use, musculoskeletal, diabetes, blood pressure, respiratory and current medications.
Spady encourages drivers who need this examination to plan ahead for the examination as it may take 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
Dr. Jonathan Richman also plans to become a certified medical examiner later this spring.
To learn more about the requirements of the FCMSA, go online to the National Registry of Medical Examiners website.
Individuals in need of the FCMSA examination may contact the Chase County Clinic in Imperial to schedule an appointment at 308-882-7299.