Did you know that millions of commercial drivers need a yearly physical exam to maintain their commercial driver's license (CDL)?
Demand for these exams is growing — Intermodal transport will grow at a rate of 5.5 percent per year until 2022, according to the U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast compiled by the American Trucking Association.
Medical professionals can help to meet the demand for commercial driver physicals. However, medical professionals must be trained, certified, and listed on the National Registry to be able to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, a requirement that went into effect May 1, 2014.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED), through its partnership with the Montana Medical Association and Financial Education and Development, Inc., offers training for health care professionals seeking to be listed on the National Registry website.
If you register before Oct. 31, 2017, you can get 10 percent off the cost of training by entering code CDL100 at check-out.
The online training, which includes nine modules that are 40-90 minutes each, has been
approved for Category 1 CME Credits. Participants have unlimited 24/7
access from their computer, laptop, or mobile device, as well as the
ability to start and pause training according to their schedule.
The training is available to both members and non-members.
Member cost with CME — $435
Member cost without CME — $385
Non-member cost with CME — $585
Non-member cost without CME — $535
After completing the training, you must also pass the certification test to be listed on the National Registry. If you fail the test, you must wait at least 30 days before taking it again. This online training program has a 99 percent pass rate for the national exam.
Your certification will expire 10 years from the issue date, and you will be required to complete periodic training every five years and recertification every 10 years.
Once you are added to the registry, you also must comply with several administrative requirements.
Read more about the requirements to become a certified medical examiner. All of these requirements are outlined in further detail in the FAQs developed by the National Registry.