The Screening Effectiveness of the Commercial Driver's Medical Examination

The purpose of the commercial driver’s medical examination (CDME) is to screen drivers for safety-relevant medical conditions and identify those who have conditions that could affect their ability to safely operate commercial motor vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) instituted a Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and specified training standards for examiners for the first time in 2014. It also revised the CDME examination form in 2015 due to concerns about the effectiveness of the CDME. The Truckers & Turnover Project has access to CDME data on several thousand drivers along with separate medical diagnosis information on the same individuals, for a pre-Registry period, and has the ability to acquire similar data for a post-Registry period. Task One is to analyze pre-Registry data to establish the first-ever formal benchmark for the screening effectiveness of the original CDME with regard to specific, safety-relevant medical conditions (obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and between one and three other conditions, such as hypertension). Task Two is to acquire data and construct a data set based on post-Registry data from the same motor carrier,and prepare an exploratory analysis of this data set in preparation for submitting a proposal to the FMCSA to fund a future companion study of the screening effectiveness of the post-Registry CDME.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Center Program
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Minnesota Morris

    Economics + Management
    600 East Fourth Street
    Morris, MN  United States  56267
  • Principal Investigators:

    Burks, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20180228
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01664330
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Roadway Safety Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC35, CTS-2018051
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 27 2018 12:13PM