DOT Physical ExamCurrently the members of our Anchorage doctor team, Dr. Ragle, Dr. Loftin, Dr.Jones and Nurse Practitioner Knutson are accepting appointments for DOT exams.
As most of you who have an active CDL are aware, you are now required to maintain an active DOT medical certification and that the DOT medical exam may only be performed by a Nationally Certified Provider. There has been a push with National guidelines to make the DOT medical certification much more rigorous and to have much closer medical scrutiny of drivers to ensure the safety of the drivers and for the safety of the general public. Part of this push has been more stringent criteria for the exam and certification of drivers with medical problems such as hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, type II diabetes, ETC. and the requirement that Providers who perform a DOT physical exam be certified through a National system of training and competency testing. All of our Providers are certified to be able to perform the DOT medical exam for you.
Since all of our Providers are involved in day to day management of these medical issues, we can also provide you with the routine medical care and follow up of any medical issues that you may have. We are then able to better assist you in obtaining and maintaining your DOT medical certification on a long term basis. This also reduces your potential need to visit multiple Providers to meet you medical, exam, and certification needs.
For example, many drivers are now aware of much more focus by the DOT on the issue of obstructive sleep apnea in drivers and that being chronically fatigued and tired as a result of poor quality sleep is a major contributor to highway accidents and fatalities. Medically, sleep apnea may be a serious problem, contributing to weight gain, chronic fatigue, risk for diabetes, poorly controlled hypertension and risk for heart rhythm disturbances, stroke and heart attack. At AMSC, we can help you in evaluation and management of obstructive sleep apnea so that you can safely maintain your DOT medical as well as your general medical health. We have the ability to do home sleep testing and our Providers are experienced in management of sleep apnea issues.