I’m in a conundrum (timing wise) and really could use some input from anyone with knowledge of MSC Hire on Physicals.
Just got lucky and got a space in the 3 weeks of required MSC classes at Mitags that is required to work on Patriot Ships (MMP). As an applicant it’s been very tough to get work off the board. Being able to work on Patriots vessels would be so awesome (I hope…) for me right now but I don’t want to waste 3 weeks in a hotel room and class as well as taking the spot from someone else only to fail the entry physical.
I have recently been diagnosed with Paroxysmal AFIB and possibly Mild Sleep Apnea (second another sleep study scheduled soon).
Finishing up medical testing now and even though my med cert isn’t due until Sept. 14th I will submit to NMC asap.
I’m otherwise very fit for a 55 year old and the Cardiologist tells me I have less than a 1% chance of stroke (the best rating you can get when you have AFIB), will probably write me a good “fit for duty” letter. Based on my research including a talk with Holly Chetta, I should be fine with the USCG and get a waiver that would keep me at 2 years.
Problem is, I remember going through MSC Hire on Physical (as an AB) back in 2010. I recall a very thorough physical with much tougher standards. Calling MSC medical dept. to discuss was a waste of time as all I could get to were low level clerks that knew nothing. Through constant internet digging I came up with COMINST 6100 and read to get a waiver for an arrhythmia they want to see [U][B]one year of control on meds[/B][/U] and they didn’t make a big deal about the sleep apnea as long as I use a CPAP (which I’m hoping I won’t even need).
Summary, based on that instruction it seems like I might be okay in a year but that’s still uncertain. So at this point I plan to cancel the classes, wait a year and try again next year.
Before I cancel those classes based on “googling” just wanted to see if I could get any helpful and hopefully encouraging info that might enable to keep my February class dates. Also if you have any info to call MSC medical and actually talk to someone that knows what they’re talkin about.