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Offline balkandina

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Medical/Dental Clearance- what does it involve?
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:56:18 AM »
I am still waiting for an invitation, had a great interview, but I am applying for Ukraine July and Peace Corps is waiting for State Department okay on reopening. In the meantime I am getting concerned about the medical and dental clearance as so many people who have posted appear to have had some difficulties with them. Could someone tell me what is actually needed for them? I am an older candidate and maybe have more of a medical history than some applicants. I am particularly concerned about the dental- how perfect do your teeth have to be?? :-\
Is there anyplace online where I could find this information? Thanks...

Offline shanna

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Re: Medical/Dental Clearance- what does it involve?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2015, 06:23:12 AM »
It's really hard to find stuff online. The medical process is pretty involved. You will have to go to your dentist and get an exam and x-rays (make sure you get the correct x-rays!). You'll have to complete any dental work recommended by your dentist and possibly have additional work if your nurse from medical notices anything. You'll also need a very in-depth physical which includes lots of lab work and a pelvic and mammogram for older women. You'll need your vaccine history and a yellow fever vaccine. If you noted any medial history on your pre-clearance form you might have to see specialists to get them to sign off. For some people the process goes smoothly and others run into loads of problems.

Offline Jeff

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Re: Medical/Dental Clearance- what does it involve?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2015, 07:04:47 AM »
I don't think they actually post it anywhere online, but the Peace Corps wiki does have VERY old version of the guidelines up.  That being said, I'm not sure I'd even look at them, as standards have changed, and they were posted a long time ago (as in years and years).

What Shanna said pretty much sums it up - a full physical, full dental exam with x-rays, plus.  Plus everything else that you mentioned, even in passing (pretty much), on your HHF.  Also, anything that comes up as abnormal or that the doctor indicates might need follow-up will probably need to be followed-up on.

It definitely can be challenging financially depending on your circumstances, as the PC only reimburses a VERY small amount.

Also as Shanna says, how smoothly it goes really depends on your own health history and, I would add, how well the doctors fill out the forms.  Peace Corps can be very picky when it comes to not just WHAT is reported, but HOW its reported.
Jeff
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Offline balkandina

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Re: Medical/Dental Clearance- what does it involve?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2015, 02:00:11 PM »
Thanks for the info. I am going to go ahead and get some things started, just to feel hopeful :)

Offline Urik223

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Re: Medical/Dental Clearance- what does it involve?
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2015, 11:21:23 PM »
Hey, if you are having a hard time in finding the details regarding teeth health then I would like to suggest visiting dentistry of my family dentist Redondo Beach. He’ll tell you all the facts about dental health.

Offline Steve S

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Re: Medical/Dental Clearance- what does it involve?
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2015, 08:03:13 PM »
If you do a little search online your state may have dentists who will do your Peace Corps exam for less. For the dentistry and medical also PC generally wants everything done for a 2 year time frame before you leave. So if you have a routine test that needs to be done or tooth that might be a problem in 2017 you will need to have it done before you leave. This can be expensive for older volunteers and others.
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Offline willfoley

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Re: Medical/Dental Clearance- what does it involve?
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2016, 11:56:00 AM »
I had to get my wisdom teeth pulled and even with insurance I had to pay out of pocket :(

Offline koji

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Re: Medical/Dental Clearance- what does it involve?
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2016, 05:22:09 AM »
For the dental, I really recommend going with a dentist who does free dental exams for peace corps volunteers... there is a list of them somewhere... here is a place to start looking for them http://www.usa-icd.org/projects/peace-corps-program

Although, you can go with your dentist, I found that it was very helpful to have a dentist that had experience with the Peace corps process and paper work. Mostly--- I did not have to get my wisdom teeth pulled (a cost that would have prevented me from volunteering) because my dentist was able to recommend against it...

But the med office did demand that I get every tiny cavity filled, even the one my dentist recommended against filling because drilling and filling it would do more damage to my teeth than the actual cavity. So if there is pressing dental work that you know you will need, get a jump on it... but I wouldn't do things like getting implants or pulling teeth or other less than necessary stuff.

As for vaccines- every region is different and you may get some of them in-country, so again, wait until you get the list.