CAFP Virtual CME: DOT Medical Examiners Training Course
March 16 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Topic: DOT Medical Examiners Training Course
Presenter: Dr. Doug Martin
Douglas W. Martin, MD, FAAFP, FACOEM, FAADEP is a family physician who is a practicing occupational medicine physician in Sioux City, Iowa. He is a past president of both the IAFP and the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians. Dr. Martin is the current Chair of the Medical Review Officer Section of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Official Disability Guidelines, an evidence based treatment guidelines document. He has been involved in educating physicians during his 19 year medical career on a number of topics, including the prevention of disability. He is frequently called upon as an expert in medicolegal contexts, specifically on the management of musculoskeletal injuries and impairment and disability issues.
This course has been designed to meet the core curriculum for the medical examiner training in accordance with the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in an accelerated four-hour class.
This course will cover the eight core competency areas designated by NRCME, specifically designed for the family physician, NP’s and PA’s. This course assumes a prior mastery and skill set in the basics of history and physical examination techniques.
Upon successful completion of the course, Medical Examiner candidates should be prepared to sit for the FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners certification examination.
With the release of the FMCSA’s final rule establishing the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME), all Medical Examiners who conduct physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers must be trained, tested, and certified to be on the FMCSA National Registry. As of May 21, 2014, drivers may only obtain DOT physicals from examiners who are on the FMCSA National Registry.
To be eligible to sit for the FMCSA National Registry examination, Medical Examiners must obtain training from an organization that is CME accredited to provide health care professional training.
Please note that the CAFP is offering only the training course. Those taking the course will receive verification of training allowing you to register for the Federal exam. For complete instructions on registering with the NRCME as an examiner, and finding a testing location, please go to this website:
After successful completion of this training program, you may register for your NRCME number on the above website, and after successful completion of the exam you will be listed as an NRCME examiner in the National FMCSA Registry.
After participating in this educational activity, the learner will have an understanding of the following seven core content curriculum areas that are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration for NRCME candidates
1. Background, rationale, mission, and Medical Examiner’s role;
2. CMV driver’s responsibilities and work;
a. CMV driver’s identification and medical history. Obtaining, reviewing, and documenting.
b. Prescription and over-the-counter medications.
3. Medical Examination;
a. Performing and documenting.
4. Additional diagnostic tests or medical opinions, as needed;
a. Performing, obtaining, and documenting diagnostic test.
b. Obtaining medical specialist/treating physician opinion.
5. Inform/educate CMV driver;
a. Medications/non-disqualifying medical conditions needing care.
6. Determining driver certification outcome;
a. Including period for which certification is valid.
7. FMCSA reporting and documentation requirements.
In addition to these curriculum topics, the training will address the medical examiner’s responsibility to teach or inform the driver about medications and the impact the medications may have on the safe operation of a commercial motor vehicle.
8:15 am – Zoom Meeting will open.
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
30 Minutes Understanding FMCSA and NRCME / Responsibilities and Job Tasks of CMV Drivers
30 Minutes Identifying the Driver / History and Physical Examination Component Requirements
30 Minutes Determining When Diagnostic Tests and Specialty Evaluations are Needed
30 Minutes Educating the Driver / Medication Concerns
90 Minutes Determining Driver Certification Outcome for Various Medical Conditions
30 Minutes Reporting and Documentation Requirements / Q&A / Post Test
20 Minutes New Updates
If you are a certified medical examiner through the FMCSA/NRCME, your certification is valid for 10 years, are required to recertify every 10 years. For those of you certified in 2013, you are eligible to recertify any time before your certificate expires. In order to maintain your ability to continue to perform DOT exams, you are required to complete an accredited training course and pass the NRCME certification exam before your certification expires. You can complete the recertification starting at 9 years following your initial certification. Examiners who were certified in 2013 can now pursue recertification through the IAAFP.
Past or Currently Due Recertification
Regardless of 2023 expiration date, all MEs will have a full year to complete the required recertification training and pass the certification test.
This will not impact their ability to perform physical qualification examinations and use the National Registry system.
Those who do not complete the training and certification test by December 31, 2023, will be removed from the National Registry.
Take the following steps to complete these requirements:
1. Complete either live or online training.
3. Log into your National Registry account and upload your training certificate
4. Contact one of the 2 FMCSA-approved testing organizations (Prometric or PSI) to schedule the certification test
5. Take and pass the certification test prior to your National Registry certification expiration
Attend virtually via Zoom. You will receive an email the night before with Zoom login information.
AAFP/CAFP member rate: $300
Non-member rate: $400
CME is Pending Approval