Can this person perform BasicMed?

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  1. ebetancourt

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    For my Zip code, this person is listed as closest. "Dr. Tigges is a 2014 FMCSA National Registry Certified Medical Examiner, and is qualified to perform CDL/DOT physicals in Tennessee, as well as BAT (Breath Alcohol Testing) and Drug Testing through..."


    He is a chiropractor. A little offbeat. I was planning to make an appointment with him tomorrow, since my PCP isn't available until after insurance renewal and I have to have BasicMed annually now.
     
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    If the chiropractor is licensed by the state as a physician, then yes he can do Basic Med.
     
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    Chiropractors cannot in TN, but what is a "Certified Medical Examiner" who can perform DOT physicals? I can't find anything on the TN health site.
     
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    Varies between states. Tennessee law defines a chiropractic physician” as a graduate of an accredited chiropractic college authorized to confer upon graduates the degree of doctor of chiropractic (D.C.), who is duly licensed in this state.
     
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    Who can perform basic med? Any doc?
     
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    Not quite. A dentist, an optometrist, a DPT, etc., cannot.

    But it can be any state-licensed physician. It’s up to the states whom they choose to call a physician. Some states call a chiropractor a physician, and in those states a chiropractor can do a Basic Med exam.
     
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    Another question.

    If you are commercial multi, can you fly PIC multi with basic med? (Not for hire)
     
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    You might want to read a little bit for yourself ( https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/basic_med/ ), but to answer your question, “Yes, if it meets these requirements.”

    Aircraft Requirements
    • Any aircraft authorized under federal law to carry not more than 6 occupants
    • Has a maximum certificated takeoff weight of not more than 6,000 pounds
     
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    My thought was more along the lines of only having a commercial multi and to utilize a commercial cert required a higher medical than a private multi.
     
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    Only if you’re doing commercial flights.

    There are plenty of people with a Commercial cert who are using Basic Med and flying within Basic’s limitations. Heck, there are folks with Commercial and no medical flying LSAs under SP rules.
     
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    Ernie: Looking through the State of TN website there are multiple documents that call MDs and DO's physicians...non mention Chiropractors.
     
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    And I'm one of the commercial certificate holders who has done both of those.
     
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    Isn’t the real question what the license says? If the word “physician” is on the chiropractor’s license, then it seems to me the chiropractor would be a state-licensed physician.
     
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    Example of a TN chiro license:
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    Looks to me like they're "state-licensed physicians."
     
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    Tennessee statutes
    63-6-204. “Practice of medicine” defined.
    (7) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
    (G) “Physician” means a person licensed pursuant to chapter 6 or 9 of this title;

    Chiropractors are licensed under chapter 4, not 6 or 9. Therefore according to state statutes they are not considered to be physicians.
     
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    Yep. That’s what the term means in that section. And in chapter 4 we find:

    (b) As used in this chapter, “chiropractic physician” means a graduate of an accredited chiropractic college authorized to confer upon graduates the degree of doctor of chiropractic (D.C.), who is duly licensed in this (b) As used in this chapter, “chiropractic physician” means a graduate of an accredited chiropractic college authorized to confer upon graduates the degree of doctor of chiropractic (D.C.), who is duly licensed in this state.

    It’s a different chapter, but it still uses “physician.”
     
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