ATRI, Mayo Clinic to Examine Impact of DOT Medical Examiner Registry

September 14, 2016

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The American Transportation Research Institute and Mayo Clinic launched a set of surveys to gather carrier and driver input on the impact that the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has had on the driver medical exam process since it went into effect in 2014.

The NRCME required medical examiners performing DOT physicals to take an approved course, pass and exam and be listed in the registry before issuing medical certificates.

"Driver health and wellness continues to be a top industry issue and area of research for ATRI," said Rebecca Brewster ATRI president.  “The joint research with Mayo Clinic will shed light on how the medical exam process is working since the advent of the national registry.”

The research collaboration between ATRI and Mayo Clinic will quantify how effective the registry has been in improving the DOT physical exam process by requiring examiners to understand FMCSA regulations and guidance for issuing medical certificates. The research includes three different surveys for drivers, carriers and medical examiners selected through their targeted network.

"We can help shape and improve the medical examination process if we can better understand how motor carriers, truck drivers and medical examiners address the changes resulting from the NRCME process," said Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS and principal investigator for Mayo Clinic. 

Carriers and drivers are encouraged to complete the confidential surveys available online at

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