DOT Exams in Nashville, IN

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What are DOT exams?

DOT exams are physical examinations conducted by a licensed medical examiner on behalf of employers. These exams are required by the department of transportation for many workplaces in Nashville, Columbus, Indianapolis, Morgantown, and Bloomington, IN. Dr. Larry Sanchez is fully qualified and well-versed to deliver DOT exams. Let Blue Elk Family Clinic save you the trouble of complicated paperwork by handling the entire exam process from beginning to end.

What happens During a DOT Exam?

A DOT exam will be much like a routine physical but will assess an employee's ability to perform the job that they are being hired to perform. We will look over the patient's medical history and general appearance, check reflexes and cognitive function, and examine essential body systems, like the heart and lungs, lymphatic system, and abdominal region. Blood and urine tests will also check for overall signs of health, as well as providing an opportunity to complete a drug screening. Our office staff will also handle all paperwork and correspondence to alleviate the administrative burden of employee onboarding.

What are the Benefits of DOT Exams?

DOT exams are designed to protect employees and employers. By ensuring that all employees are healthy and fit to work, employers reduce the risk of an on-the-job injury or illness. This decreases the chances of a lawsuit in the workplace and may even lower insurance costs for employers. Blue Elk Family Clinic will also ensure that all DOT exams are completed in accordance with the highest standards of safety and health. We take great care to make sure our patients have a pleasant experience and receive accurate results.


Is a DOT exam the same thing as a CDL physical examination?

No, it is not. Both exams are required for people who drive commercial vehicles and include many of the same tests and examinations, but not all drivers who require a DOT examination require a CDL license.

What is included in a DOT exam?

A typical DOT exam will include a thorough physical exam and testing if needed and ask you about your medical history, including:

  • Health problems
  • Medications
  • Surgeries
  • Drug and alcohol use (including tobacco)
  • If you have failed a drug test in the past
  • Current health, symptoms, and/or health problems

Who needs a DOT exam?

People who drive a vehicle that carries more than eight passengers (if paid) or a vehicle that carries more than 15, transport hazardous materials, or drive a vehicle with a gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds on the interstate require a DOT examination.

What happens if I fail my DOT examination?

If you fail a DOT physical examination, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires you to be removed from DOT-covered positions that are safety sensitive.

Efficient dOT Exams

At Blue Elk Family Clinic, we are proud to offer DOT exams to meet the needs of employees and employers. Reach out to schedule an appointment at our Nashville, IN location, and learn more about how Dr. Larry Sanchez can make your employee onboarding process more efficient.

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