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Health Assessment

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by JamaicanHerb, May 18, 2017.

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  1. JamaicanHerb

    JamaicanHerb 7+ Year Member

    May 7, 2009
    How does a person fail the health assessment before residency?
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  3. physicsnerd42

    physicsnerd42 Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    Fail the drug test?

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  4. JamaicanHerb

    JamaicanHerb 7+ Year Member

    May 7, 2009
    Can you fail it being fat, which I am.
  5. Pisiform

    Pisiform Oh Crap!!! 7+ Year Member

    Nov 26, 2009
    La La Land
    I hope not, I have started going back to gym to get back to my glory days of fitness. Only thing that concerns me is running for those code blue ..I get short of breath
  6. gutonc

    gutonc No Meat, No Treat SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

    Don't piss positive and you'll be fine.
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  7. Perrotfish

    Perrotfish Has an MD in Horribleness 10+ Year Member

    May 26, 2007
    The assessment is to make sure you are physically capable of doing your job. Unless you are a resident in the military that is a very low bar. If you have a positive drug test or a mobility limitation you will have a problem. If you just have a high BMI, and your weight hasn't confined you to a wheelchair, you will be fine.
  8. AdmiralChz

    AdmiralChz Random-zilla 7+ Year Member

    Sep 8, 2008
    I've seen some BIG physicians. As long as you don't have active NYHA heart failure III symptoms (debilitating shores of breath with minimal exertion) I think you'd be fine... no one is asking you to run a marathon at work. But definitely show some hustle if you are going to a code or an emergency consult in the ED.

    At my fellowship a positive urine drug screen results in an automatic rescind of your contract. Some places even tested for tobacco use when I was interviewing which would nullify your employment as well. But they were very, VERY clear and upfront about this during the interview so unless you totally had your head in the sand just be smart and you'll be fine.
  9. aProgDirector

    aProgDirector Pastafarians Unite! SDN Advisor SDN Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2006
    Even if you were so obese that you required one of those "Walmart shopper scooters" to get around the hospital, we'd probably have to accommodate that. I can't imagine anything other than hyper-extreme obesity being a problem.

    As mentioned, and since your username is JamaicanHerb, there are certain "Herbs" often used in "Jamaica" that would not be recommended. Even if you were using such herbs legally/medically, could be a problem.

    If your medical condition prevents you from washing your hands (i.e. a severe dermatitis, or wound, or a wrist cast that covers your hand), that could be an issue.

    Active TB is no bueno. Other chronic communicable diseases might be an issue, but most are very short lived so not an issue.

    Psych issues -- only those severe enough to limit functioning in society. If you're actively hallucinating, that's a problem.

    I guess if you were getting some chemo treatment that could be toxic to others, that would be an issue. But that seems unlikely.
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