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.
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.
2015 Intergovernmental Panel Physicians Training Summit
The 2015 Intergovernmental Panel Physicians Training Summit will take place in Hong Kong the week of March 9, 2015! Although registration is not open yet, we encourage you to begin budgeting and making plans to attend. More details to follow in the coming months.
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 »