Tuesday, February 2, 2010

One Step Closer

My Peace Corps medical clearance forms arrived in the mail today! This is the dreaded medical review portion of the application process, where only 85% of applicants receive full medical clearance. If selected to serve, my medical history will be sent overseas, allowing the Peace Corps to serve as my primary care provider during the 27 months of service.

So I now have 25 more pages of forms to fill out for a through medical exam, dental exam, eye exam, and reimbursement. Not to mention I also have to get some of the forms signed by an orthopedic specialist (since I wrote that I have had shoulder problems). Now I see why this process can take anywhere from 3-9 months to complete.

I called our on-campus Health Center to see if they could give me the neccessary physical, but the lady on the phone said they wouldn't be able to do it since it was too "extensive". I just need a lot of signatures with regards to my immunization records, blood tests, medications, allergies, etc. so I don't understand why the Health Center can't help me out. I am going to try to get Dr. G from the Athletic Association to help me fill out this mess of paperwork and I'm definitely not looking forward to having to go to the dentist and pay for new xrays. I also have to get 2 pairs of glasses, since PC volunteers aren't allowed to have contacts... many countries do not have the appropriate sanitary conditions to support the usage of contacts. I haven't had glasses since I first got them in 7th grade, this should be fun :)


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