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The physical exam is an essential part of any doctor’s visit. Surprisingly, though, there are no absolutes in a routine physical. A good doctor may be thorough or brief, but he or she will spend time listening to your concerns and providing counseling for your particular needs. Physicians at NorthPark Medical Group can perform several types of routine physicals.

Immigration physicals are required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that administers lawful immigration to the United States. They are conducted by the designated civil surgeons on individuals, who are seeking Green Card or applying for citizenship. Form I-693 will contain the results of the physicals and it will be returned to USCIS.

Immigration Physical Exam contains:

  • Physical examination
  • Syphilis test (RPR),
  • Tuberculosis test for applicants 2 and older (it requires another visit to the office, chest X-ray will be required if the test result is positive)
  • Completed and sealed I-693 form with copies of the laboratory testing.

For more details, visit our website and click on topic “Immigration Exams” on our homepage.

Work and Pre-employment physicals are frequently required by companies for their potential employees. Some of these exams have to do with the nature of the job. For example, workers may be examined to confirm they are in good shape and can perform jobs that are physically demanding. These exams are used to determine if an individual is suited for a specific job and may also include drug testing or physical ability tests. From questions to lab tests, work physical exams can determine if you’re prepared for your position while assuring the employer that you’re in good physical shape to perform the position’s duties. Pre-employment physical exams can only be legally requested after a job has been offered. This ensures that no discrimination issues will arise.

Executive physicals usually include a comprehensive exam with detailed history and physical examination to assess your overall physical health. It also includes:

  • extensive blood work (a complete blood count, Cholesterol and lipid profile and test for CRP and other atherosclerosis markers to determine your risk for heart attack and stroke.
  • urinalysis and blood chemistries to detect diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, liver disease, kidney disease, PSA (prostate-specific antigen) for at-risk males, levels of testosterone
  • a check of Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and iron levels
  • vision and hearing tests, and checks for heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and other chronic conditions.
  • Your vaccinations may be reviewed and administered as needed.

“Welcome to Medicare” visit can be performed as the introductory visit only within the first 12 months that you have Medicare Part B. This is a one-time benefit. This visit includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health and education and counseling about preventive services, including certain screenings, shots, and referrals for other care, if needed.

Annual Wellness Visit is available for patients who have had Medicare Part B for more than 12 months. You can schedule this visit to develop or update a personalized prevention help plan to prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. This visit is covered once every 12 months (11 full months must have passed since the last visit).

It also includes:

  • Height, weight, and blood pressure measurements
  • A calculation of your body mass index
  • A simple vision test
  • A review of your potential risk for depression and your level of safety
  • An offer to talk with you about creating advance directives.
  • A written plan letting you know which screenings, shots, and other preventive services you need.
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