Filling in medical history form?

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  1. robinhood17

    robinhood17 USMA Cadet

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    How far back should we think when filling this form in? I'm 17, so since birth? I requested my medical records (kaiser takes 2 weeks to file) and will not have them in time for my physical to review.

    I'm worried I will forget to put something on my form. I am trying not to run into any problems :thumb:

    thanks!
     
  2. JettAirliner

    JettAirliner USNA Appointee 2016

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    My BGO advised me to only fill in major medical things in my life - something you've been hospitalized for, surgeries, broken bones. And I suppose if you wear glasses or contacts. Unless there's a lot of major problems, you'll probably end up qualified.

    Good luck to you.
     
  3. AFAYahoo

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    It is hard to remember every thing that has happened medically in your whole life. But if I remember correctly from last year, most of the questions on the DoDMERB questionnaire began "Have you ever. . ." and then listed some medical situation. So they do mean from the day you were born. And even though Jettairliners BGO said to only list major things, many of the things that we may consider routine (avoiding a food we're allergic to, using an inhaler on occasion, being treated for a sore back, taking certain acne meds, etc.) can be impt. to DoDMERB--we found that out when things in my son's history that seemed innocuous to us required a remedial. If you search through old threads on the DoDMERB forum, you'll see some of the issues that have come up at these exams. So do your best to list what you remember, explain it in the appropriate place on the form and hopefully you won't have any issues!
     
  4. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    ABSOLUTELY! Great advice!
     
  5. JettAirliner

    JettAirliner USNA Appointee 2016

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    Veryvery true. I've never really taken any medications, so I guess I'm a bit ignorant there. That sort of thing should definitely noted.
     
  6. solon

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    I'm in the DoD medical form parallel universe. I filled out the form completely, signed it online then realized there was no opportunity to list testing I've had for a genetic disorder. I'm tall with minor scoliosis so my :)unhappy: over-reaching) pediatrician sent my family on a two year wild goose chase for Marfan syndrome. Finally saw a genetics specialist and NO, I do not have this genetic disorder. I have a two page summary letter saying why I don't have it. I listed the scoliosis, but not the complete Marfan testing. If I don't have the disorder did I need to list the crazy testing for it?
     
  7. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Sorry to bump into this thread.

    I have a question:

    (From: http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=13417&highlight=negligible+alcohol)

    Is drinking a glass of champagne at New Year's considered "use" of alcohol?

    Thanks!
     
  8. USAF52

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    Solon, I would say no, you don't have to list testing that shows you don't have the condition because of the way the quesions are stated--"Have you ever had or do you now have. . ." It doesn't ask if you've ever been tested for something that came up negative. DoDMERB may ask for documentation about your scoliosis (they did for my son) to make sure the degree of it is within the allowable range. A recent xray/doctor statement will answer that.

    BillSL, you sort of answered your own question when you highlighted the quote from Mr. Mullen, who is the source of definitive answers for all things DoDMERB (and used to reply on this forum before they set up their help desk with e-mail and an 800 number for candidates to use). A few sips on New Years Eve is not using alcohol. Using indicates a repetitive action.
     
  9. solon

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    Thanks! That's what I thought. I'm glad we had the afterthought though. When my parents called the ortho to get my x-ray records the nurse answered with "oh,the Marfan patient". We're copying every doctor I've ever seen with the genetics test results.
     
  10. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Thank you.

    There was a rather big discussion a few weeks ago on this matter. We had people saying "yes, this is "have you ever used" alcohol"... and we had Mullen saying the quote. I contacted DoDMERB but did not get an answer.

    Again, thank you for the input.
     
  11. Pima

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    Solon,


    Keep all of the scoliosis paperwork, because depending on the degree it can be a DQ.
     

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