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Attention Springfield Residents: Immigration Physicals Offered at VMAC

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Virginia Medical Acute Care provides comprehensive medical services for the Department of Homeland Security.

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SPRINGFIELD, VA, June 06, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Immigrants in American applying for lawful permanent resident status are required to complete an "immigration physical" as well as fill out information regarding vaccinations. At Virginia Medical Acute Care (VMAC), certified physician Dr. Mark Davis is a designated provider for immigration physicals and exams for the Department of Homeland Security.

The immigration physical's purpose is to ensure a person's physical health is not a threat to United States public health. Not just any doctor can perform this exam: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must certify him or her as a "civil surgeon." The USCIS has authorized Dr. Davis to perform these physicals and exams.

In addition to a general physical exam to determine a person's overall health state, the immigration physical involves potentially performing lab work, X-rays and vaccinations to ensure safe public health status. Examples could include the tuberculin skin test to test for tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infection testing for diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea. If you do not have a vaccination record, blood must also be drawn to determine if you are resistant to certain viruses, such as rotavirus, meningitis, measles, mumps, rubella and other conditions. If you have not received these vaccinations, they can be provided at VMAC. However, the only current main vaccinations you are required to have are varicella (or proof you have had chickenpox in the past), tetanus and measles, mumps and rubella (also known as the MMR shot).

"We are proud to help those seeking to change their immigration status with all the testing, vaccinations and imaging needed to complete the medical portion of their applications," says Dr. Davis, who provides Springfield immigration physicals.

To perform the physical, Dr. Davis will complete Form I-693, which is the "Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record." You will fill out the first portion of the record entitled "Part 1," which includes information on your name, current address, date of birth, place of birth and country of birth. Dr. Davis will then complete the remaining portions of the form and enclose any other supporting documents in a sealed envelope for you to submit to the USCIS.

Dr. Davis performs immigration physicals at his Springfield office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are required beforehand, and it is suggested you bring all required documents filled out as much as asked when coming to your appointment.

To find out how you can schedule an immigration physical with Dr. Mark Davis, a physician at Virginia Medical Acute Care, please call (703) 564-5998 or visit www.vmacurgentcare.com. If you click on "Services" and "Immigration Physicals," you can fill out an online appointment request form.

About Virginia Medical Acute Care (VMAC):
Dr. Mark Davis became one of the country's first board certified specialists in Emergency Medicine in 1983. He opened Virginia Medical Acute Care (VMAC) out of his mission to take a general medicine walk-in clinic, and develop a place where the community could receive non-critical urgent and emergency care. Prior to the initiation of this mission, Dr. Davis, worked in Northern VA's busiest emergency department for 15 years. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Davis has continued to promote the concept that top quality emergency and urgent care for non-critical illness and injury can be delivered in a community-based setting. He has also developed innovative cost and timesaving services in the areas of non-surgical injury care and work-related injuries and illnesses. Working alongside Dr. Davis is Dr. Monica Zink, who was born in England, but is proud to claim joint citizenship in the United States. Her career began over 25 years ago as a Registered Nurse in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Zink graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver in 1996 with a MS degree as a Nurse Practitioner and is Board Certified in Family Practice. She finished her education in 2009 with a Doctorate in Advanced Nurse Practice.

Media Contact:
Dr. Mark Davis
contactus@vmaurgentcare.com
5501 Backlick Road, Suite 105
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 642-2273
http://www.vmacurgentcare.com

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