SLEEPY?EYE - After May 21, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all medical examiners who conduct physical examinations for interstate commercial vehicle (CMV) drivers, such as truck and bus drivers, maintain a valid certification to conduct these exams.
At Sleepy Eye Medical Center, Dr. James Joyce and Family Nurse Practitioner Sue Ahlness are certified to perform the exam. Dr. Adam Armbruster, Dr. Harman Dhaliwal and Dr. V.K.V. Murthy will soon be certified.
To become certified, a physician or nurse practitioner must complete required training on FMCSA's physical qualification standards for drivers, pass the FMCSA Medical Examiner Certification test to demonstrate knowledge of FMCSA's physical qualification standards and complete refresher training every five years and recertification testing every 10 years.
"We are trained to evaluate such things as field of vision, the physical ability to get into a truck cab, change a tire or adjust a load," said Sue Ahlness, family nurse practitioner, SEMC. "We also screen for chronic health problems such as a heart condition, insulin dependent diabetes or a history of seizures, anything that would put a driver at risk for an accident. We also discuss medications and side effects of prescribed drugs and over-the-counter drugs with the driver."
Exam results are reported to a national database. Drivers are required to carry a card showing that they have successfully completed a physical exam and are medically qualified to drive a commercial vehicle. In addition, FMCSA has established an online national registry of examiners certified to conduct physical exams.