FMCSA to survey medical examiners

As part of its comprehensive review of driver medical examiner (ME) performance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to conduct surveys, on-site observations and interviews regarding MEs’ decisionmaking process. The agency is seeking approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget to conduct a survey of the several different practitioner types – medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, doctors of chiropractic, physician assistants and advanced practice nurses.

There has been no research to date that captures the decisionmaking and performance of MEs who determine the physical qualifications of CMV drivers operating throughout the United States, FMCSA said in an Federal Register notice. Nor has there been any systematic consideration of ME perceptions of difficulties or uncertainties associated with the examination process, the agency said.

For more information, go to and search Docket No. 24673.