- I'm a breast cancer survivor. It has been five years since I've shown any evidence of cancer in my regular screenings. Can I be cleared for appointment?
A full medical report from the oncologist is required to establish the type of follow-up that is needed. If, after five years, you are taking no medication for the breast cancer and your only follow-up care is an annual mammogram, there is a good possibility that your condition would not limit your medical clearance.
- My ten-year old child is in a special education program and will need to continue to receive special education assistance for the foreseeable future. What are the implications for her medical clearance?
For any child who has special education needs, the Individual Education Program must be forwarded to Medical Clearances for further evaluation through MED's Employee Consultation Services. Because of the special education needs, your child is likely not worldwide available and would have the limited, Class 2, medical clearance. This means that approval of an overseas post from Medical Clearances will be necessary prior to your child's inclusion on your travel orders.
- What is involved in the medical clearance process?
The requirement for pre-employment in the Foreign Service is that the applicant must be medically cleared for "worldwide assignment." Family members, however, must be medically cleared before traveling overseas to accompany an employee on assignment at U.S. Government expense. These medical standards are more rigorous than those of most other professions as some overseas posts may be remote, unhealthy, or have limited medical support.