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FAA MedXPress

Excerpt from the Federal Air Surgeon Bulletin, Vol. 44, No.2, P. 3

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The FAA's MedXPress will be released for users in the Northwest Mountain and Western Pacific regions on November 13, 2006.  All other regions will be alerted when MedXPress is ready for use in their regions.

FAA MedXPress                                           By Warren S. Silberman, DO, MPH

WE HAVE BEEN telling you that we were going to do it, and now FAA MedXPress is a reality.  This new MedXPress system is another initiative towards making the Aerospace Medical Certification Division (AMCD) paperless.

Here’s how the new Internet-based program works: Airmen with E-mail address can submit their FAA medical history via the Internet, receive a confirmation number, go to their aviation medical examiner’s (AME’s) office and, providing they are otherwise qualified, be issued their medical certificate without any intervening paperwork!

Applicants will go to the FAA’s Web site (https://medxpress.faa.gov), where they will sign up and be E-mailed their username and password. They can then go online and complete the front portion of their examination Form 8500-8. Upon clicking the SUBMIT button, they will receive a confirmation number.

Each applicant is advised to print off a copy of the 8500-8 (which is in PDF format and appears just like the current 8500-8) and take it to an AME’s office for a physical exam. The applicant will give the AME this confirmation number.  You will pull up the completed history form, go over the responses, complete the physical examination, and submit that to the AMCD, just as you are doing now.

We should encourage our airmen applicants to complete their examinations this way for two very good reasons.  Using MedXPress will:

  • reduce the amount of paper that is sent into the AMCD and speed up the scanning process. This is a rate-limiting step, meaning that there are fewer documents to be scanned.
  • speed up the applicant’s office visit with you.

We plan for the next version of MedXPress to accommodate airmen with previous examinations stored in our computer system. We can populate the fields so airmen will only need to modify the items that have changed since their last examination. In the first version of MedXPress, if an airman clicks the number by the specific item he/she will be linked to the instructional sheet that normally is attached to the hard-copy Form 8500-8. In a future version, we plan to link the item to the online Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners.

Airmen that submit their examination via MedXPress enable you to add your comments to the history, and the computer will track (for legal purposes) which comments were made by the applicant and which were made by you.

Currently, you will need to take a hard copy 8500-8 and use the certificate number on the form for the electronic version. You may also tear off the medical and/or student pilot medical and use that for your airman. You are being instructed not to send this blank form to the AMCD, but rather save it in the airman’s file or destroy it. In the future, we plan to have the computer automatically issue a certificate number, so you do not have to use the hard copy form, and that will save some more money.

We have not yet perfected the ability to print out the medical certificate for you to issue to your airmen. We have heard your voices on the necessity of doing this, and this is a logical step in the process, but the problem is obtaining the funding to accomplish this task.

While we do not want to tell you how to manage your office procedures, we would like to suggest ways to best utilize the MedXPress program (incorporating AME suggestions):

  1. Obtain the copy of the front side of the 8500-8, either from the applicant or from the confirmation number
  2. Use a blank piece of paper to record the physical exam results
  3. Copy the back portion of the current 8500-8; after the airman departs, input (by you or your office personnel) the examination results, much like most AME offices do now.
  4. Set up a computer terminal in your waiting area or in the examination room and have the airman go online to complete, submit, and obtain a confirmation number. You could then pull up the 8500-8, input it into the AMCS, and complete the examination on the spot.

We strongly encourage you to participate in MedXPress. However, this process is not mandatory for airmen. They can choose to use the new MedXPress system or continue to complete the hard copy form as they have always done.

Excerpt from the Federal Air Surgeon Bulletin, Vol. 44, No.2, P. 3


Example of new Import Screen AMEs will use to access exams entered by applicants in MedXPress.


Example of summary sheet applicants have the option of printing on MedXPress.

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