DOT Physical Exams in Oregon
If you’re interested in changing careers, you may want to consider becoming a commercial vehicle driver. To ensure your safety and that of others, all commercial drivers must have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and a valid DOT medical card, which necessitates a DOT physical. This blog post will clarify a DOT physical exam, how to prepare for one, and where you can get one in your area.
Driving large commercial vehicles for a living requires a CDL (commercial driver’s license) and a valid DOT medical card. This card can only be obtained once you successfully pass a DOT physical. You will need a physical exam every 1-2 years to keep your CDL active.
What Is A DOT Physical Exam?
A DOT physical examination is a physical exam mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. A commercial driver is considered a “safety-sensitive” employee and must complete a DOT exam to maintain a valid CDL. This examination will determine whether you are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate a CMV.
During your DOT physical, a certified medical examiner (CME) will use a variety of criteria to determine your eligibility to operate a CMV. The CME will also check your vital signs, review your medical history, and perform a hands-on physical examination that includes but is not limited to a screening of your:
- Mouth and throat health
- Heart and cardiovascular health
- Lung and chest function
- Nervous system health
- Back and spine health
Preparing For A DOT Physical Exam
Some of the best ways to set yourself up for success in your DOT physical exam include:
- Eat a light and healthy breakfast
- Prepare any necessary paperwork or medical information/records
- Avoid caffeinated beverages
- Reduce intake of salt and sodium
- Be sure to reduce your stress levels in any way possible
How to Schedule a DOT Physical Exam
We are pleased to offer DOT physicals in Medford, Ashland, and Klamath Falls, Oregon. The following trained medical providers offer DOT exams to those seeking to drive a commercial vehicle professionally.
- Jan Atigbi-Hansen, MSN, FNP-C, PhD, IMD, DHS (Klamath Falls, OR)
- Lisa Parker, MSN, FNP-C, BC-ADM, MHP (Ashland, OR)
- Stephanie Romo, MS, FNP-C (Ashland, OR)
OnePeak Medical strives to redefine the primary care experience in all that we do by putting patients first to help them achieve their unique wellness goals. We are excited to provide DOT exams to the community; if you are interested in scheduling your examination, please call your local clinic to set up your appointment!