Title: Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Commercial Drivers: A Program for Medical Examiners
Statement of Need: The primary mission of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving commercial motor vehicles (including large trucks and buses). One mechanism used to facilitate this effort is the updating of current and the development of new, medical fitness standards and guidelines for medical examiners that are responsible for certifying drivers as fit for duty. One of the key components identified for injuries and fatalities resulting from large transportation vehicles are driver fatigue.
This course serves the purpose of bringing awareness to the medical examiners to identify commercial drivers at risk for obstructive sleep apnea and to refer the at risk drivers for sleep disorder evaluation. FMCSA has not issued a final rule or guidance but recommendations have been made by the expert panels for medical examiners to review and implement for fitness for duty evaluations.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Define problem of sleep apnea in commercial drivers
- Determine medical certification status during evaluation of drivers suspected of having OSA
- Use evidence based screening process to identify drivers at risk for OSA
- Review evidence based research and medical expert reports regarding OSA in commercial drivers
Target Audience: Primary care physicians, Specialty physicians, NRCME Certified Practioners, Chiropractors, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practioners.
Course Format: The course will be delivered online with audiovisual presentations and post-test questions.
Estimated time for completion: 3 hours
Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of University Services and UrgentCareMentor.com. University Services is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education to physicians.
Credit Designation: University Services designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 credit hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.
Method of Participation: To receive CME credit(s), the participant should complete reviewing all sections of the course and take the post-test after each section.
Larry Earl, M.D.
Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine Consultant
155 Waterford Circle
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest: It is the policy of University Services, Office of CME to insure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its individually or jointly sponsored educational programs. All faculty, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouses or immediate family members are expected to disclose to the participants any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter. Faculty is also required to disclose plans to present any unapproved or investigative users of commercial products or devices.
Larry Earl, M.D. has reported no real or apparent conflict of interest in relation to this educational activity and do not plan to present any unapproved/investigative uses of commercial products or devices.
The planning committee for this activity has reported no real or apparent conflict of interest or other relationships related to the content of this presentation.
Commercial Support: There has been no commercial support awarded for this activity.
Release Date: January 19, 2019
Expiration Date: January 19, 2021
CME Provider Contact Information:
Office of CME
2837 Southampton Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
215- 637-6800 Or firstname.lastname@example.org
- You’ll need a computer with Internet access to take our course, but it doesn’t need to be yours.
- You can use a computer at a friend’s home, at work, at school, or at the public library.
- You can log on to the course from any computer with Internet access.
- The hardware and software requirements are simple. You’ll need a computer with a standard Web browser. If you don’t have flash player installed on your computer you will need to download the free software to view the videos.
- High speed connection is recommended due to the video. Broadband wireless will usually work but some of the videos may load slower.
Hardware/ Software Needed:
Minimum System Requirements
- 200 MHz Processor
- 128 Megabytes of Memory
- 56k Modem or faster
- Speakers & Sound Card
- A mouse or other pointing device
- A web browser