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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

All About The Immigration Medical Exam

by Francisco Arnold

There are a lot of hoops to jump through in order to immigrate to the US. However, those hoops will be worth it once you get through them and finally end up with your immigration papers. Knowing you are a legal citizen will take a load off of your shoulders. One of the things that you are going to need to go through as a part of the entire process will be to have an immigration medical exam. This medical exam is a routine part of the immigration process. You shouldn't worry about the exam. However, you will feel better about having the exam done if you know exactly what is involved and the content below will help you to learn what the process is like.

Start by understanding the reason for the exam

You may feel that the US shouldn't take such extreme measures during the immigration process as to actually make you have a medical exam. However, there are very valid reasons for you and other immigrants to go through with having a medical exam done. Some countries have diseases and illnesses that are serious concerns in their countries, but that have not reached the US. One of the biggest ways to keep those diseases out of the US is to catch them through these medical exams. Once you are a US citizen, you will feel safer knowing you and your family are being protected and kept safer also.

What can be found during the exam that would cause you to be denied?

You will of course want to know what things the US would deny you for, if they found them during the exam. Some of the medical reasons for denial can include communicable diseases, failure to show proof of immunizations, a mental disorder that can lead to harmful behaviors, and drug abuse.

What is the exam like?

You will need to go to an approved doctor for your immigration, but you will usually have choices, so you can pick which you want. Be sure to have your appointment notification with you or the doctor might not see you.

You want to show the doctor as much information and medical records as you can bring, especially your vaccination records. The doctor will give you a complete physical exam, a complete mental health exam, and they will go over your records. Once you get the okay from the doctor, you will be one step closer to your goal!

For more information about the immigration medical exam, talk to your doctor.