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    anyone know of and places to get a walkin dot physical(without drug screen the school said they will do drug screen the first day of school) for a fair price in baltimore? If so who are they and what do they usually charge?
    My regular doctor cant get me in til late january right before school fr a physical. I need it before MD will let me take my permit tests and i want to get all my ducks in line way ahead of time. Thanks for your help!

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    There are walk in clinics all over the country. Just find one who can do the DOT physicals. I think I pay something like $40-60 including the drug test. The drug and diabetic tests are part of the physical. Some truck stops also have clinics set up on the premises to do DOT physicals.

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    The drug and diabetic tests are part of the physical.
    Drug tests are not part of the physical. Drug tests are a separate test under the FMCSA regs.

    A diabetic screening is part of the physical. This is usually done with a urine dip, but it can also be done with an Accu-Check type finger poke blood test.
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    They do the drug and diabetic tests at the same time, where I have my physical.

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    Doctors Express Medical Center
    1220A E. Joppa Road
    Suite 109
    Towson, MD 21286

    (410) 296-0018

    IIRC it is about $60 and you don't need an apointment just walk in. A call ahead of time makes things a bit smoother but they are really just walk in. Just ask for a DOT physical....they will take care of everything else.

    A couple of hints that might make this process a little easier.....

    1. If you use smoke, don't for like 12 hours before your physical. It has a tendency to affect your Blood pressure and heart rate and could throw a flag.

    2. Avoid caffeine, same thing as above

    3. Avoid sugar before your physical, it could throw a spike in your urinalysis making it look like diabetes.
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    Default Try Concentra Medical Clinics

    This company has several location in the DC/ Baltimore area including the ones listed below. You can find out others by calling the locations or hitting thier website: www.concentra.com

    Concentra Medical Clinic
    100 S. Charles Street
    Suite 150
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    (410) 752-3010

    Concentra Medical Center
    1833 Portal Street
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    (410) 633-3600

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMAN
    Some truck stops also have clinics set up on the premises to do DOT physicals.
    I had no idea. :shock: That's a scary thought. :P :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMAN
    They do the drug and diabetic tests at the same time, where I have my physical.
    If the company wants it done it certainly can be done at the same time, and if you need to get a drug test anyway, like during a pre-employment, it actually makes sense to do it that way.

    Just saying that per the regs having a drug test during the physical is not a requirement.
    Finding the right trucking company is like finding the right person to marry. I really comes down to finding one whose BS you can put up with and who can put up wih yours.

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    I know real cheap way. Just get the card and sign some doc. name on it and do it your self. :lol: :lol:
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    thanks for the replies. Marylandkw I have the I have the blank form already and a nice card that has a lamination pouch to put it in once it filled out. will they use what I bring or what they have.

    anyone know what concentra charges?

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    As far as I know they will use anything you give them but I have always used the form they provided. They are really laid back and casual so I can't imagine it would be any big deal on way or the other.
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    fyi concentra only charges $44 for a dot physical

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackrabbit379
    Quote Originally Posted by GMAN
    Some truck stops also have clinics set up on the premises to do DOT physicals.
    I had no idea. :shock: That's a scary thought. :P :lol:
    in Atlanta , they have a chiropractor who does physicals at the Petro. he advertises on the c.b. must be a great doctor

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    I get mine for $30 down the street from the Ontario TA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmon
    I get mine for $30 down the street from the Ontario TA.
    I get mine for free from the company doctor

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    I send all of our drivers to Concentra. They have been good to me for years.
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    Keep in mind now folks, if you're a driver that's been around a bit, or a driver thats new to the road...PROTECT your CDL. Example, I take a medication that does NOT effect my driving in any way. I took a physical recently for an employer. Passed through their orientation, road test, drug test, physical, all of it! NO PROBLEM. I don't drink, I dont do drugs, BUT I am on a med for blood pressure. I was directed to do my Medical Exam at Concentra. They passed me alright, BUT not without taking a peak at my medication history (without my knowledge.) Even though I passed, they still required a medication history, showing current meds, and recently discontinued meds. Until then, my Med Card was only valid a few days. Now, because of that pot of worms opening, I cannot work until I have satisfied all their ridiculous needs. No pay, no job, never and accident, or ticket, never a bad DOT inspection, none of it. But, because of all these newer mandates, the help of some sneaky examiners and all my medical info being available to virtually anyone, the BS Starts! Be careful if you're not revealing meds. Think ahead, keep your card current (using smarts) and don't let these chains of do-gooder's jeopardize your wellbeing! REMEMBER...Concentra WILL check your med history before the examiner even walks in the room to see you! I'm sure they'll get a nice pat on the back for disqualifying drivers! "Good catch Goober, here's a bone."

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    These doctors and clinics are only doing what the feds tell them. I know this is an older thread, but if any of you plan on getting a physical, you need to make sure that your doctor or clinic is on the fmcsa approved list. If not, your medical card will not be valid. We also now need to send a copy to our state DMV. Failure to comply prior to your current card expiring could result in your CDL being downgraded to a class D. I recently got a new physical and uploaded my new cab card directly into the state DMV file. Notices are supposed to be sent out about 90 days prior to your current card expires. Don't let it go. You cannot afford to lose your CDL. I had to set up an account online in order to upload the document. I could have faxed or taken a copy to my DMV. Every time I go to the DMV it takes hours to get to the head of the line. I think all states are set up the same. Remember to keep a copy of your medical card with you. Eventually, we are supposed to not have to keep a copy, but right now we need to have a hard copy with us.

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    Might want to check your blood pressure first at a drug store self-check machine for free. Mine was sky high. Found out the baking soda I was taking for stomach acid was spiking it (sodium).

    I cut out the baking soda, got my BP down then took my physical at Concentra, and got the 2 year version. Paid cash $89.00. I faxed the new medical card into DOT, called to confirm they got it. All done.

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