Getting my Class 1 medical renewed outside of Canada

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Getting my Class 1 medical renewed outside of Canada

#1 Post by Qdrivermann » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:56 am

Was wondering how that works - will be on holidays over in Europe with wife/kids and thought it might be easier to get my Class 1 renewed by one of the listed Docs on the Transport website. Can these Docs access a candidates file electronically directly from their medical examination facilities, or do they just do the exam/ECG etc then stamp the booklet and send the paperwork in to Transport? It has been a few years since I renewed my Canadian Class 1 and I have never used a Transport approved medical examiner outside of Canada. Has anybody here renewed outside of Canada in Europe and know how all that works and what kind of access these Docs have to our files?
I just don’t want to take the time to do the renewal, then move on while on holidays to find out later there is a problem, or the Doc forgot something or needs to see me again etc.
Any info or, previous experience with this appreciated!
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Re: Getting my Class 1 medical renewed outside of Canada

#2 Post by 5x5 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:12 am

One option would be to contact the doctor you plan to use directly and confirm all this before you go. Even if someone else relates their personal experience doesn't mean yours would be the same. I'd want to be as sure as possible that everything was going to go right before I'd take the time on holidays to get my medical renewed overseas. Besides, if something does get tangled up in bureaucracy you could wind up in limbo and possibly not flying while it's sorted out.
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Re: Getting my Class 1 medical renewed outside of Canada

#3 Post by photofly » Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:44 pm

Can these Docs access a candidates file electronically directly from their medical examination facilities,...
I don't think any doctor inside or outside Canada has access to TC records; none of the four doctors I have used in the last eight years have. Doctors do have access to and will update their own medical records about you (which they are obliged to keep under their own requirements for professional standards of care - as they are for any patient they see, for any reason) but those have nothing to do with Transport Canada.
...or do they just do the exam/ECG etc then stamp the booklet and send the paperwork in to Transport?
That is exactly what all CAMEs do, inside Canada.
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Re: Getting my Class 1 medical renewed outside of Canada

#4 Post by telex » Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:28 pm

If it's been a few years since you had a medical there would appear to be no rush. Get it done in Canada.
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Re: Getting my Class 1 medical renewed outside of Canada

#5 Post by dtpilot » Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:35 pm

If they are certified to do Canadian medicals then you are all good. They stamp the book and send the paperwork in. No big deal.
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Re: Getting my Class 1 medical renewed outside of Canada

#6 Post by Qdrivermann » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:09 am

Thanks for the feedback people. I have a job interview that got lined up before we left Canada and the interviewer scheduled the interview/meeting right after we are back and I need a valid Class 01 on my Canadian ATPL to attend the interview. I have two valid Class 01 medicals but on foreign ATPLs. There really wasn’t any time before nor will there be when we return home - heading up to Europe tomorrow and will be attending the medical in Zurich, Switzerland. I figure the Swiss doctor should be a safe bet - after Swizerland we’ll be up in Germany so if they do need to see me again or, something goes wrong I can pop back down to Switzerland - but we’re really hoping that won’t be necessary.
I was always under the impression that the Canadian CAMEs can access our files electronically when they stamp the booklet. I didn’t know that they send in our medical paperwork directly via the post office to Transport. But, I guess once we get the stamp - thats what is important! Good to know!
Thanks again for the feedback.
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Re: Getting my Class 1 medical renewed outside of Canada

#7 Post by Floatinghog » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:01 am

Good question. So, CAMEs don’t enter medcal data directly into a computer that is linked with TC? It is still all a paperwork shuffle, just seems archaic!
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