McKenzie Medical Center’s Dr. Michael Bryant and Dr. Don Vaughn are certified to perform the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals according to a new rule released by DOT in October 2013.


This rule states that healthcare professionals who perform medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers are required to be trained, tested and certified on the specific physical qualifications that affect a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for heavy and tractor-trailer truck divers is projected to grow 21 per cent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, Tennessee highways are among the main arteries of the National Highway System, of which more than 4,000 miles carry more than 10,000 trucks per day on sections where at least every fourth vehicle is a truck.


Vaughn stated, “There are many people in our community who drive for trucking companies and, as a result, need to have this physical done. We are happy to be able to provide this service at McKenzie Medical Center to support these drivers and prevent them from needing to travel elsewhere to get it completed by a certified provider.”


The final rule also creates a national online database of medical examiners (the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners), where those who have passed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) certification process will be listed. Once certified, all healthcare professionals must be listed on FMCSA’s National Registry by May 21, 2014. Those who have not completed these steps and are not listed on the registry will not be eligible to perform these exams. Both Dr. Bryant and Dr. Vaughn will be listed in this registry.


Vaughn concluded, “We are proud to enhance the services available at McKenzie Medical Center (MMC) to accommodate the demands of the commercial transportation industry in line with MMC’s commitment to providing improved access to quality and specialty care.”


McKenzie Medical Center is located at 205 Hospital Drive, McKenzie. It is open Monday-Friday 7:30a.m.-7:00p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. It has three satellite clinics: the Dresden Specialty Clinic located at 136 South Wilson Street, Dresden 731-364-4900; the Bruceton Clinic located at 123 Maple Street, Bruceton 731-586-4800; and the Gleason Clinic located at 105 North Cedar Street, Gleason 731-648-5634. For more information on services available at MMC visit


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