News and Updates
The Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases Technical Instructions were replaced with the Gonorrhea Technical Instructions. The Gonorrhea Technical Instructions are to be followed by panel physicians for gonorrhea screening and treatment as soon as possible and no later than August 1, 2016.
As of March 28, 2016, chancroid, lymphogranuloma venerum, and granuloma inguinale are removed from the list of communicable diseases of public health significance. Therefore, evaluation for these three diseases is no longer required as part of the U.S. immigration medical screening process as of March 28, 2016. For additional information, please see Part 34 Final Rule issued on January 26, 2016.
CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative includes Quality Assurance Program activities to identify critical new interventions against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) and expand pre-migration TB screening beyond immigrants and refugees.
The Department of State (DS) Medical Examination Forms used by panel physicians have been recently revised. Panel Physicians should refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for more information about the revised DS Medical Examination Forms.
Recent Publication Highlights the Importance of Panel Physician Screening in Tuberculosis Control
In honor of World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a special article on Implementation of New TB Screening Requirements for U.S.-Bound Immigrants and Refugees - 2007-2014. The article describes the positive impact that the CDOT TB TI and the work of the QAP program and panel physicians worldwide have had on tuberculosis control efforts in the United States.
Update: All U.S. Panel Physician Sites Required to Use Digital Radiography for Chest Radiographs of Applicants for U.S. Immigration by October 1, 2014.
This update applies to chest imaging of persons overseas applying for U.S. immigration status and nonimmigrants who are required to have an overseas medical examination, hereafter referred to as applicants. See More »
About Panel Physicians
- Panel physicians are medically trained, licensed, and experienced medical doctors practicing overseas who are appointed by the local US embassy or consulate. More than 760 panel physicians perform overseas predeparture medical examinations in accordance with requirements, referred to as technical instructions, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Quality Assessment Program (QAP).
- The Quality Assessment Program (QAP) is housed in the Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Health Branch. The role of QAP is to assist and guide panel physicians in the implementation of the Technical Instructions; evaluate the quality of the overseas medical examination for U.S.-bound immigrants and refugees; assess potential panel physician sites; and provide recommendations to the U.S. Department of State in matters of immigrant medical screening.
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TB Medical Consultation Services
RTMCC Form is for Panel Physician or Consular Official use.
Meet Your Fellow Panel Physicians
CDC QAP is pleased to present a new feature: Meet Your Fellow Panel Physicians. Each edition will profile a new panel physician and panel site so that you can get to know your colleagues located throughout the world. Click here to read the inaugural feature on Dr. Marcus Brauer from South Africa.
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- Page last reviewed: May 27, 2016
- Page last updated: May 27, 2016
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