Family Medicine located in New Braunfels, TX
Dr. Jay Gruhlkey provides DOT physicals and FAA medical exams at his practice, Lonestar Medical, in New Braunfels, Texas. If you are a pilot looking to complete requirements for the Federal Aviation Agency or require a physical by the Department of Transport, Dr. Gruhlkey can perform the necessary exam.
DOT Physicals & FAA Medical Exams Q&A
What Is a DOT Physical?
The Department of Transport (DOT) requires a physical exam for those trying to get or renew a commercial driver’s license. DOT physicals are required for those who drive vehicles that transport more than 15 people or hazardous materials as well as drivers who operate a vehicle that weighs more than 10,001 pounds across state lines. To ensure the safety of the driver and the public, the DOT has certain restrictions in place including the use of injectable insulin, use of narcotics, amphetamines, or other habit-forming drugs, as well as 20/40 correctable visions. These physical exams and accompanying paperwork provide proof that the driver is fit to drive.
What Is an FAA Medical Exam?
Similar to the DOT, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) requires evidence that most pilots are in good health and physically capable of operating an aircraft. (Sports pilots and balloon pilots are not required to complete these exams. There is specific paperwork that needs to be completed as part of this exam to comply with the FAA’s requirements. There is usually nothing to worry about as long as you are in good health. Depending on the kind of pilot license you hold, the exam may become more thorough. Dr. Gruhlkey is certified to do 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class medical exams and has the ability to transmit EKGs directly to the FAA. If you have a special issuance he will work closely with you to complete all the requirements needed by the FAA. Please click the button to apply or log-in for your FAA MedXpress Exam.
What Happens During These Exams?
Medical exams for the DOT and the FAA are similar to the annual check up you should be having annually, but with additional paperwork to comply with the regulations put in place by these organizations. For most patients, the check-up will follow a pattern and will start with the collection of their medical and family history. The physician will also assess the patient for indications of a medical illness or irregularity. Vital signs are generally be taken to assist the doctor with getting an idea of what the person’s overall health is like and will include breathing levels, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature. The doctor may perform simple vision and hearing tests.
Lonestar Medical accepts most major insurance. If you have any questions about your eligibility or coverage, please call our office. We are happy to help you!
Words from our patients
"I have been a patient of Dr. Gruhlkey's office in New Braunfels/Gruene, TX for several years. He is an excellent general physician and family doctor."
"He is the best doctor I have taken my son to. His staff is always amazing. He takes his time with his patients and makes sure you understand everything he tells you."
"The best Family Physician I have ever had. They are always there when I need them, and always attentive to my needs."