Physical Exam FAQ's
With the announcement of schools reopening this fall, business is picking up and M. T. Curry Pediatrics is preparing for a busy Physical Season!
We would like to take this time to address the Top 10 most frequently asked questions regarding Physical Season:
1. What is a Physical Exam (Wellness Exam) for?
The Wellness Exam focuses on evaluating the current health status of the patient when they are symptom free. Wellness Exams provide the opportunity for our providers to obtain early diagnoses of underlying issues to help avoid more serious health problems in the future.
During a preventive care (physical) visit, the doctor will look at any health risks and talk with you about the patients current health, your family health history, past illnesses and surgeries, risks your child may have for specific conditions (based off of medical history of the family) and provide counseling on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
2. Can I get medication refills for my child at the Physical Appointment?
No. Because well-child care is so comprehensive, we ask that families use the time allotted for the physical appointment to focus on preventive care, and not as a time for care of minor illnesses or chronic problems. Conditions such as asthma, skin care, food allergies, ADHD/behavior problems, injury follow-up, etc. will be reviewed at a separate appointment and refills can be done at that time.
3. Can Physicals be done using Telehealth?
Unfortunately, no. All Wellness Examinations require a physical screening of the patient, in one way or another. For a general idea of what the physical examination for you or your child will look like, follow this link to view the America Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care. https://downloads.aap.org/AAP/PDF/periodicity_schedule.pdf
4. How do I get the Physical (PE) Form for my child to enroll them in school/daycare/sports/college?
Physical Forms for school entrance and sports in the state of Virginia are provided upon request only. Patients enrolling in College or University should arrive with their own forms as M. T. Curry Pediatrics does not have copies of, or access to, College Physical Examination Forms.
If you know ahead of time that you will need one of these forms and your child is coming in for their Physical Exam, please bring your won copy or notify the front office staff when you check in for your appointment that you will need one for your child. This way our providers can complete the form as they complete your child's examination and the form can be returned to you at the end of your visit, the same day.
If your child has already had their Physical Exam and you would like a Physical Form filled out for them you may call in or email a request to our office at 757-547-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In order for us to fulfill PE Form requests the first page of the PE Form must be completed and signed by a legal guardian of the patient.
There is a $5.00 fee per form for PE Forms requested AFTER the Physical Exam has been completed. Forms that are requested after the Physical Exam has been completed will take up to 7 business days to complete.
5. Why is there a Fee for the Physical Form to be completed for me after the appointment?
Filling out Physical Forms for school entrance and sports can be particularly time consuming, especially when we are seeing hundreds of patients a week for their Physical Exam. It is much easier to complete the Examination Forms while we are already in your child's chart during their exam.
6. Enrollment is due ASAP! Can I get my Physical Form sooner than in 7 business days?
Our providers strive to complete all Forms Requests in a timely manner, however, if the form is requested after the Physical Exam has been completed, it will be completed in between seeing other patients in the office. Due to this and high patient volume during Physical Season (July-September), it can take longer for forms to be completed during this time. If you will need your forms back sooner than 7 business days please let us know at the time of your request and we will try our best to expedite the process.
7. Can I get my Physical Exam done early?
Most insurances only cover one Wellness Exam per year, per patient. If your child is caught up on Wellness Exams we can fill out a PE Form using their most current record. If your PE Form or Exam is close to expiring we can book your child for their next Wellness Exam and complete a New PE Form at the time of their exam (Must request at Check In).
8. What if I'm scheduled for a Physical Exam and myself or my child become ill?
If you know you are scheduled for a face to face appointment and you or your child fall ill or develop symptoms of COVID-19 please call our office immediately so that we can determine the appropriate mode of treatment.
9. I have 3+ children, can we come in all at once for their Physical Exams?
M. T. Curry Pediatrics only allows up to two children of the same family to be seen at a time. In some cases we will allow 3 or more siblings to be seen together but this is at the discretion of the healthcare provider. If you require accommodations to bring in all of your children at once, please call 757-547-5851 to speak to management.
10. Can both parents come to the Wellness Exam?
Only the patient(s) being treated and one guardian may come to scheduled appointments. Parents of children ages 2 months or younger may both attend appointments. Families with multiple children ages 4 and under may attend appointments with 2 guardians. Patients ages 18-21 will be seen alone.