Is it possible to receive a worldwide medical clearance if a candidate has bronchial asthma, dependent on albuterol and inhaled steroids for control ? I have a 30% disability rating for this condition from the Dept of Vet Affairs.
Case by case basis ?
Or is this considered a red flag ?
With medication, my disease is well under control. But I noticed the comment about chronic diseases that may not be compatible with foreign service hardship locations.
Thank you for your question.
A determination of eligibility for the required Foreign Service medical clearance cannot be made absent the pre-employment medical exam, and the exam cannot commence unless one passes the Oral Assessment process. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis, based on the results of the exam. There is no list of conditions that absolutely preclude consideration. We hope, however, that the following information will be useful.
In order to be hired into the Foreign Service you must be “worldwide available” and not have any medical condition that would preclude worldwide availability. There are some countries where medical/hospital care is very poor. There are places where there are no medical emergency facilities. You should therefore review your medical condition with your own physician first to get his/her opinion on your suitability for worldwide assignment. Should your application for the Foreign Service reach the point where a Department of State pre-employment medical examination is required, your medical condition and pre-employment medical exam results will be carefully reviewed by the Medical Clearance Office which will determine if you are able to serve worldwide. Absent a Department of State pre-employment medical exam, the Medical Clearance Office cannot make a determination. Please also review the information at this link:
Then scroll down to # 6: CLEARANCES: MEDICAL AND SECURITY
I have Type I diabetes. I've read the general information about the worldwide medical clearance, as well as about Anna Balogh, a diabetic officer. I realize that the clearance is always on a case-by-case basis.
Still, I have a seemingly straightforward question: Assume that my diabetes is well-controlled, that my doctor feels I am suitable for worldwide assignment, and that I am otherwise in perfect health. Would I be able to obtain the medical clearance?
Thank you for your question.
As stated above, a determination of eligibility cannot be made absent the pre-employment medical exam. Each case is reviewed on an individidual basis by our Medical Clearance office based on the results of the exam. A pre-determination, therefore, cannot be made.
As I said, I know that each applicant is reviewed on a case by case basis. But can you give me a hint? As you know, the application process is time-consuming, so I'd simply like a bit more info before undertaking it.
Pretend I am LeBron James. With type 1 diabetes. At my exam, the doctor says I'm in incredible health, in fact, the best he's ever seen. Any advice? Speculation?
Thank you for your followup.
Please refer to our earlier response. We cannot offer you advice as to whether or not you would be granted the Class 1 medical clearance. That decision is made by our Medical Clearance office, and only after the results of a full, pre-employment medical exam. And, the pre-employment medical exam cannot begin unless you pass the Oral Assessment.