DOT Physicals in Rockville, MD

LJ Medical Health and Wellness Clinic can help you complete the requirements for your DOT physical. We are proud to have Malvis Tamon, DNP, on our team, who is a certified examiner for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). We are also proud to offer quality, compliant DOT physicals from our Rockville office in Maryland. We highly recommend getting in touch with us at the soonest possible instance to book an appointment today.

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What Is a DOT Physical?

A DOT physical is a physical exam required by the Department of Transportation for those looking to become commercial vehicle drivers.

The aim of this physical exam is to ensure that the driver is physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to operate heavy equipment or machinery like a commercial delivery truck. The DOT physical is the main requirement for a CDL physical, or the Commercial Driver’s License physical.

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Beyond professional efficiency, the primary concern of this kind of physical exam is to protect public safety. Not only for those on board commercial vehicles but even pedestrians who may be in their immediate vicinity.

What to Expect in a DOT or CDL Physical

The first thing you can expect from a DOT physical is to be asked about your medical history. Previous surgeries, substance use and treatments, maintenance medications, current symptoms, and more, are all important details that must be disclosed for a proper assessment.

Those undergoing the physical are advised to bring any recent lab or diagnostics results that can help us have a complete picture of the state of your health. We also encourage you to bring eyeglasses or contacts that you wear, along with the medication you currently take.

To make the process go faster, it’s also recommended that you complete the very first page of your DOT physical paperwork ahead of your appointment at our wellness office.

Those who are currently seeing a specialist, whether for the heart or kidney, should also bring a medical certificate from your specialist giving you clearance to carry out the job.

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DOT Physicals Q&A

Your Department of Transportation (DOT) physical ensures that you and the public are safe when you operate large vehicles for your job. Malvis Tamon, DNP, of LJ Medical Health and Wellness Clinic, is a certified examiner for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and offers quality, compliant DOT physicals from her office in Rockville, Maryland.

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What does a DOT physical involve?

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a specialized examination by a qualified provider, mandated and overseen by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). FMCSA requires a DOT physical every 24 months (or more often, if recommended) if your job entails safety-sensitive tasks, such as driving commercially.

A DOT physical involves detailed assessment and reporting guidelines that Dr. Tamon uses to ensure you’re safe to perform your job. Only FMCSA-certified medical examiners are qualified to complete your DOT physical. Dr. Tamon is an expert on community safety and maintains up-to-date FMCSA credentials.

LJ Medical Health and Wellness Clinic offers DOT physicals to those whose jobs require a commercial driver’s license (CDL). They also provide DOT physicals for those who may not need a CDL, but still haul large enough loads to place you or the public at risk.

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What is the objective of a DOT physical?

The main objective of the DOT physical is to ensure that you don’t have any condition that may place you or the public at risk when you operate large vehicles or equipment.

Dr. Tamon collects health information that reflects your general health by assessing your:

  • Vital signs
  • Hearing and vision
  • Heart and lung function
  • Eyes, ears, and mouth
  • Nerves, coordination, and balance
  • Abdominal and digestive health
  • Genitourinary health
  • Spine and muscles
  • Circulatory system and heart health
  • Urine, using urinalysis

Dr. Tamon assesses each body system and reports her findings per FMCSA regulatory guidelines.
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What do I need to bring with me to my DOT physical?

DOT physicals are highly regulated and must follow FMCSA guidelines precisely. You can help the process run smoothly by completing the first page of your DOT physical paperwork before arriving at the LH Medical Health and Wellness office.

This portion of the health assessment utilizes a questionnaire to collect your most up-to-date health history and other health-related information. This helps Dr. Tamon get a complete picture of your health.

If applicable, you may also bring:

  • Your current medications
  • Your glasses or contacts
  • Recent lab results
  • Recent diagnostic study results

If you see a specialist, such as a cardiologist or a kidney specialist, you may bring a letter from them stating you are healthy enough to perform your safety-sensitive job. Dr. Tamon and the team at LJ Medical Health and Wellness Clinic help you meet the requirements of your job by completing your DOT-compliant physical for $75.

If you need a DOT physical, call the office or schedule an appointment online with LJ Medical Health and Wellness Clinic today.

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LJ Medical Health and Wellness Clinic can help you complete your DOT physical for $75. Get in touch with our primary physicians as soon as possible to set up your appointment with us.

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