DOT Medical Examiner Training Curriculum
Module 1 – Regulations vs Guidelines, Motor Carrier/Driver Definitions, Medical Examiner Responsibilities, Record Retention, Federal Exemptions, Skilled Performance Evaluation, Vision
This module identifies the job-related stresses of operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The duties specific to the certified medical examiner and commercial motor vehicle operator will also be discussed. This module also discusses the vision qualification requirements for the CMV driver. The learner will review critical components of the vision exam, diseases affecting the eye, and findings that may indicate a need for additional testing.
Module 2 – Genitourinary & Gastrointestinal, Hernia, Kidney Disease, Urinalysis, Diabetes & Insulin Use, Thyroid, Pulse, Heart Auscultation
Proper use and documentation of the urinalysis test is presented. This module reviews the challenges and safety issues associated with driving a CMV with a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus. The learner will identify common side effects of medications used to treat diabetes and potential safety issues for the CMV operator. Implications of end organ disease as a result of diabetes are also discussed.
Module 3 – Cardiovascular Diseases, Hypertension
This module reviews FMCSA required components of the cardiovascular exam and cardiovascular diseases that may affect a driver’s medical fitness for duty. The medical examiner will identify modifiable and non-modifiable factors that may increase the driver’s risk for cardiovascular disease. The examiner will also identify symptoms and/or findings requiring further testing or medical opinion from a specialist. This module discusses the FMCSA regulations and guidelines concerning coronary heart disease, cardiac surgical interventions, cardiomyopathy, anuerysms and venous thrombosis. The examiner will review the required components of the respiratory history and physical exam.This module also discusses how to properly assess a CMV driver for hypertension, inform and educate the driver about the effects of hypertension, and the potential impact of hypertension on a driver’s medical fitness for duty. The learner will identify how to determine driver qualification or disqualification status according to the FMCSA’s stages of hypertension.
Module 4 – Respiratory Diseases
This module discusses FMCSA identify common respiratory conditions found in the CMV driver including sleep apnea, obstructive/restrictive disorders, and infectious diseases. Also discussed are risks associated with medication classes used in pulmonary/respiratory therapy and their relation to safe driving.
Module 5 – Hearing, Neurological Conditions
This module discusses common ear disorders and symptoms which may affect the ability to operate a CMV safely. The learner will review how to correctly administer acceptable hearing tests and identify passing parameters. The learner will also identify potentially disqualifying otic diseases. This module reviews assessment of neurologic function and disease in the CMV driver. The medical examiner will learn the various cognitive aspects of operating a CMV and apply these concepts when evaluating a driver’s medical fitness for duty. The learner will also study risk assessment factors in the driver with neurologic disease.
Module 6 – Cardiovascular Disease Continued & Respiratory Exam
This module reviews the relationship between musculoskeletal health and the physical demands of operating a CMV. The medical examiner will learn FMCSA required components of a musculoskeletal health history and physical exam. This module also reviews the effects of drug and/or alcohol on ability to operate a CMV. FMCSA guidelines for medical examiners examining individuals suspected of substance abuse are discussed. Medical examiners will review how to qualify or disqualify a driver based on history of substance use. This module discusses the FMCSA regulations and guidelines concerning coronary heart disease, cardiac surgical interventions, cardiomyopathy, anuerysms and venous thrombosis. The examiner will review the required components of the respiratory history and physical exam.
Module 7 – Psychiatric Evaluation, Mental Health Disorders, General Medication Use
This training course provides practice scenarios that helps to supplement and secure the learner’s knowledge.This module reviews the relevance of psychiatric health and conducting a focused psychiatric exam on the CMV driver. The medical examiner will review specific mental health disorders and their potential impact on the driver operating a CMV. Phamacokinetic interactions of medicines commonly prescribed for musculoskeletal disorders are also reviewed. The learner will also review how to identify possible medication side effects which may interfere with safe driving. The acceptable uses of controlled substances in the CMV driver are presented. Learn how to Bullet-Proof your medication use determinations.
Module 8 – Driver Medical History and Documentation
Learn how to navigate the NRCME website, the MER and MEC forms.