DOT Physicals Specialist

New MD & Urgent Care

Occupational Medicine & Urgent Care located in American Canyon, CA & El Cerrito, CA

As part of the California requirements for obtaining a driver’s license, a commercial driver’s license (CDL), or employment with the Department of Transportation (DOT), you need a physical examination by a qualified physician. At New MD & Urgent Care in El Cerrito and American Canyon, we conveniently serve patients in Berkeley, Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole, Hercules, Albany, Vallejo, and Napa, California. Vallejo, Napa, California, Ian Ahwah, MD, and Malcolm Johnson, MD, offer comprehensive physical examinations in accordance with DOT guidelines. They perform a full physical and can complete the necessary paperwork to fulfill your obligations. Schedule a DOT physical online or by calling the New MD & Urgent Care office nearest you.

DOT Physicals Q & A

Why do I need a DOT physical?

The DOT requires physical examinations to ensure drivers are healthy and able to meet the physical demands of a their job, and qualify for a regular driver’s license or a CDL.

Dr. Ahwah and Dr. Johnson are both authorized providers of DOT physicals. They provide the required examination and can complete all necessary paperwork as mandated by the DOT.

How should I prepare for a DOT physical?

To help improve the efficiency of your appointment, you should create a list of medications you take daily. Be sure to list the name of the medication, the dosage, and how long you’ve been taking the prescription.

You can also make a list of any questions you have for your doctor about health concerns you’ve experienced since your last physical.

What can I expect during a DOT physical?

During your physical, Dr. Johnson or Dr. Ahwah reviews your medical history and discusses any injuries or surgeries you’ve had in the past. They also address existing health issues you have, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or heart disease.

You also undergo a physical examination: Your doctor measures your height and weight, and he listens to your heart and lungs through a stethoscope, checking for abnormalities like breathing issues or heart murmurs.

During your physical, Dr. Johnson or Dr. Ahwah externally examines your internal organs, feeling for lumps or other issues of concern.

As part of your DOT physical, you might need to undergo a urine test. This part of the physical tests you for drugs and can also be useful as a screening for major health issues, such as diabetes, that could interfere with your ability to work safely.

Do I need to go somewhere else for a urine test?

No. At New MD & Urgent Care, on-site laboratory services can test your urine, as well as do any necessary blood work. This means you won’t have to leave the facility to have your DOT physical health screening completed.

If urine testing determines you have underlying medical issues, such as kidney problems or diabetes, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Ahwah can offer additional treatment information or refer you to a specialist for further care.

If you’re applying for a job with the Department of Transportation or are looking to obtain your CDL, schedule a DOT physical online or by calling the office nearest you.