News and Updates
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.
Registration Now Open for 2015 Panel Physicians Training Summit!
Registration for the upcoming 2015 International Panel Physicians Association (IPPA) Intergovernmental Panel Physicians Training Summit in Hong Kong from March 9-13, 2015 is now open. For more information about the summit and registration, please visit the IPPA website.
Updated Requirements for Panel Physicians to screen for severe acute respiratory syndromes based on Executive Order 13674 signed by the President of the United States on July 31, 2014.
The 2014 Addendum to Technical Instructions for Panel Physicians for Vaccinations: Technical Instructions for Polio Vaccination for Applicants for U.S. Immigration is to be followed for polio vaccination among applicants for U.S. immigration from the states currently exporting wild poliovirus (Pakistan, Cameroon, Syrian Arab Republic, and Equatorial Guinea) and the states infected with wild poliovirus but currently not exporting (Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia, and Nigeria). These Technical Instructions are effective from the date of issuance until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determines these Technical Instructions are no longer needed to prevent the importation and spread of wild poliovirus (WPV). These Technical Instructions may also be modified as states in the two above categories change.
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 »
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.
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.
Find the latest Technical Instructions for completing the medical examination.
TB Medical Consultation Services
RTMCC Form is for Panel Physician or Consular Official use.
Helpful links to factsheets and frequently asked questions.
- Page last reviewed: August 19, 2011
- Page last updated: April 25, 2013
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