Susan Ososkie, MS, CRNP, NP-C, occupational health, Mount Nittany Physician Group, has recently received certification as a medical examiner under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Medical examiner certification is now a requirement for medical professionals who perform Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examinations. Previously, any individual holding a medical license could perform a DOT examination.
“Medical examination certification is now required because there are such specific requirements and qualifications that must be met when certifying drivers’ fitness for duty. Certified examiners look very carefully for any potential risk of illness or injury which may cause sudden impairment while on the road,” said Ososkie.
The specific regulations and qualifications include drivers’ vision, hearing, cardiovascular fitness, pulmonary fitness, lifting ability, flexibility, overhead extension capabilities, risk for seizures or diabetes, waiting periods after illness or injury, and more.
To obtain the certification, Ososkie received in-depth training in regards to DOT medical examinations and sat for a national written examination. For certification compliance, renewal training is required every five years, and renewal certification is required every 10 years.
“Earning certification has allowed me to more fully understand and recognize potential health and safety hazards for drivers,” said Ososkie. “Keeping drivers safe while on the road is one of our main priorities.”
The occupational health department at Mount Nittany Physician Group provides an array of services focused on employee health and wellbeing. To learn more, visit mountnittany.org/workhealth or call 814.231.7094.