DoDMETS Medical History

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  1. McCoy

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    I was filling out the medical history on the DoDMETS website and not it is asking for more information on the questions I selected yes to. I answered yes to if I wear glasses/contact and now it is asking for the date I began wearing them, the diagnosis, current status, and all my physicians. I have no idea when I began wearing them. How specific do I need to be with this?

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  2. nuensis

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    I had the same issue. I swapped optometrists at some point and the records from my childhood were never transferred over. My current optometrist only had the date of my first visit to her office and noted that I arrived with glasses.

    When I mentioned this to my BGO, he told me to track it down the best I could, but not to let it delay my medical exams if it was taking too long. In the end I just put the year I started wearing glasses.
     
  3. McCoy

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    I think I may have to do the same thing. I'll find out tomorrow. Now I don't have to worry about only putting a year. Thanks
     
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    You should place as much information as humanly possible on the medical history. If you do not have the exact available date, please put the nearest month and/or year. The questions are important and the more information you provide will help DoDMERB with your qualification process.


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    Joe
     
  5. McCoy

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    Will do. Thanks
     
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    Sorry to post on an old thread, but I just had a quick question: What does a candidate do if he doesn't know the name of the doctor who prescribed glasses for him? My friend is curious as to what to do.
     
  7. Pima

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    The parents should know at least the optometrist company they took them to way back when (i.e. My Eye Doctor, or Lens Crafter, etc). Place that as the doc.

    Vision becomes an issue depending on the branches you are applying to it can become a big issue. For example, AFA allows color blindness to be waiverable, but USNA has an issue with it at a certain level. AFA is concerned with correctable vision for everyone, plus being farsighted is something they want to look at. Nearsighted is one thing, but farsighted is another.

    Mostly, what they want is not to investigate the docs or the prescriptions, but to start a full medical history that they have on record for the future. This record will continue to grow as your military career progresses. It will not be your 1st physical, be it SA or ROTC there will be many more down the pike prior to commissioning. Thus, if it is already in your file, and if you do need a waiver, than when you go for further exams they will have a base line and can see where you started way back when and where you are at now.

    Most people who have had vision issues will tell you that PRK is allowed in at least the AF, but they don't do it until you hit @ 20-21 since eyes continue to change until that age. So, if this is a concern, don't get into a panic about it.
    Our DS was a candidate when he started the process, but by the time he hit that age he no longer was, CC's DS just had his done over the summer and got a waiver way back in 07 for his vision issue.
     
  8. McCoy

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    Another question here. I called Concorde earlier this week when I recieved an email saying I had 15 days to inform them of my scheduled appointments or be withdrawn and have to request DoDMERB to reauthorize me. I asked them what I/they could do and I was told to go ahead and shedule so I could put the appointments into the system and that I would probably have all my medical history information by then, so I did. Well, I had asthma back when I was about 4 and it went away by about 8 and we (my mom and I) really don't remember who the doctor I had for it was, what the dates were exactly, what to put for "diagnosis" and we can't get the specific information, at least not in time for monday appointments. Can I basicly just say I don't know and say that I've had no problems with it since or what? I have no idea what to do. :confused:

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  9. Pima

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    Place down your general health care provider...i.e. ABC Pediatrics.

    You don't need to have the exact doc, but if you were going to a doc for 4 yrs due to asthma, you should be able to recall the Practice's name. If you can't just place it in your history.

    You were diagnosed with "asthma" and that is what you are to put into the questionnaire. There is one thing to say I don't know when you don't know because it was a 1x condition that only happened 1x, but you had it for 4 yrs. That is called a long term condition.

    The fact is you need to be honest at the get go, because trying to hide the condition will come back and bite you in the arse later on. This will not be your last DoDMERB exam, as long as you are in the military you will be examined to their regs. It showing up later on will just mean further havoc since if it is a DQ issue, they can still cut you loose or place you throw the waiver process.

    See this thread. http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=21586 This is a cadet with 2 yrs in AFROTC.

    Additionally, I don't know if you have a plan B, assuming you are doing this for an SA as plan A. Understand that the exam is only valid for 2 yrs., and if you get a 3 yr scholarship, most likely this exam will not be current for contracting 2 yrs from now, which means you have to do this all over again.

    Finally, as I stated this will not be the last, prior to commissioning they will do a more in depth exam if you are ROTC, specifically AFROTC. It is a 3 day exam done at WP. Again, they will find it, and now your career is riding on that waiver.

    Tell them the truth now, be prepared to provide documentation later on IF it is an issue. No playing ostrich in the sand here.
     
  10. McCoy

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    Thanks was just wondering because we've moved quite a bit since then and honestly don't remember who we had for it. I'm not oing to hide it from them though. Thanks for the advice and I will take a look at that thread.
     
  11. Pima

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    McCoy,

    I would try to work it backwards. If you can't remember your previous doc from your current one, contact them, and they can tell you who it was, it usually is on their initial form. From there contact that doc and see if they still have your files, keep going backwards, hopefully something will jog the memory of the name.

    Traditionally docs ask for previous medical history, and previous docs. Traditionally, they write it into your file. Honestly, you probably have it already in your file. My kids have all of theirs...we lived in 8 states, and 2 countries, but all of their peds/docs had knowledge of their history, because as a parent when you bring your child in for the 1st visit they make you fill out a questionnaire. Answer yes to any, and the doc places that info into your file. Asthma is one of the questions. Date diagnosed will be there.

    Worse case scenario, ask your health care insurance provider, because ASTHMA is a pre-existing condition if it is on the records and your folks have a new carrier they maybe able to go to the old carrier and get the doc from them or at least the date it was diagnosed.

    I would really work on this because Asthma is a flag, you need to be prepared to show it was a mis-diagnosis or that it is no longer an issue. They may require you to take some type of test to prove it isn't. If you have a family doc now, contact them with your concern and get that ball going.

    I am someone who hopes for the best, prepares for the worst. So take my advice to the level of how you feel on that scale.

    Have to say, DS had no issues, so I have no idea of tests or requirement levels, just saying from @ 4 yrs here, I have seen many sent for additional testing, which is why I say prepare for the worst.
     
  12. McCoy

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    I will start making some more calls. I didn't even think of calling out provider. Luckily I also have some more time until my appointments due to the whether!

    Thanks again
     

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