The POMA Foundation is exploring options to co-sponsor a Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners training course (DOT FMCSA NRCME) in Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh area) in October or November 2013.
The training course will run from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Course participants will receive 8 Category 1A AOA CME credits upon completion. The cost is $450 for POMA members and M.D.s who are members of their respective state/national society/association.
Please complete a short survey prior to September 10 by visiting http://www.poma.org/survey/TakeSurvey.asp?SurveyID=8J18630L362LM. This will help us determine feasibility of hosting a program, as well as a preferred date and venue. Note that we must have at least 20 participants in order to offer the course. Date and location will be published in September if there is enough interest in the course.
The U.S. Department of Transportation requires health care professionals who perform medical exams for interstate truck drivers to be trained, tested and certified on the specific qualifications that affect a driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle. Effective May 21, 2014, a physician will need to have completed the training course and pass the certification test in order to be placed on the registry of certified examiners.
The POMA website allows active POMA members to access their CME credits, pay membership dues and convention registration online, view members-only news, view the POMA Newsletter and The Journal of the POMA archives, and complete online surveys. Non-POMA members may view the public site, but they are restricted from the privileges of active POMA members.
Registration/Login Instructions for POMA Online First Time Users
• Visit www.poma.org.
• Click the Register button on the upper right hand side of the page.
• Enter your AOA number in the box provided.
• Select your POMA membership status by clicking the appropriate button and click Continue.
• Select your osteopathic medical school and graduation year from the pull-down list to verify your identity. Click Continue.
• Verify the information provided and complete the remaining fields.
• Once done, click Register. Log out of the website then log back in to access the CME feature of the website.
Accessing Your CME Credits
• Only active POMA members are able to access the CME page on the new POMA website.
• Click Login on the upper right hand side of the page.
• Enter your AOA number and password then click Login.
• Select My Continuing Medical Education Credits from the POMA drop down menu, or click Go next to View CME Records in the POMA Membership box on the left side of the page.
• You will then be redirected to the continuing medical education page, where your credits will appear.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania law, it is illegal for physicians to stop or withhold medical treatment unless a patient has an advance directive or do not resuscitate order. The patient must also meet several other criteria.
Under Pennsylvania law, it is assumed that an adult patient would want all medical treatment possible unless otherwise stated in a living will or health care power of attorney that allows another person to make decisions on the patient’s behalf. It is also assumed that a mentally competent patient has the right to make decisions on treatment and refuse those that would prolong dying.
Advance directives can only be honored when an adult patient has an end stage medical condition caused by illness or injury, or physicians have determined the adult patient is in an irreversible coma.
Physicians who do not feel they can honor the wishes of an adult patient as stated in a directive should transfer the case to a physician who can.
The law also states that medication may be administered to ease pain. The law does not condone mercy killing, euthanasia or assisted suicide.
For more information, please see the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website at www.health.state.pa.us.
Physicians are reminded that if they change their office address, they are required to report their new address to the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine within 10 days.
If you have an email address, or if your email address has recently changed, please forward it to the POMA Central Office at email@example.com.
Osteopathic physicians are reminded that under the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine’s rules and regulations, as found in the Pennsylvania Code §25.212, “(b) Advertising, letterhead, publications or transmissions shall designate or indicate the licensee’s school of medical practice by the term ‘D.O.,’ ‘doctor of osteopathy,’ ‘osteopathic physician’ or ‘osteopathic physician and surgeon.’” These provisions were issued under section 16 of the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act (63 P.S. §271.16); and section 902(b) of the Health Care Services Malpractice Act (40 P. S. §1301.902(b)). The provisions of §25.212 were adopted January 10, 1992, and became effective on January 11, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 209.
The POMA has received more information on an article that appeared in the June 2002 issue of the D.O. Magazine. The article stated that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) was requiring physicians to report their patients to the Bureau of Licensing when they were placed on medication that could impair their driving ability. According to PENNDOT, physicians only need to report patients if they have a mental disorder or a condition, such as seizures or diabetes, that, if left uncontrolled, could cause impairment to driving. PENNDOT requires physicians to report any of their patients that are not taking medication to control these disorders. They also strongly suggest reporting them even if they are on medication.