frequently asked questions for medical evaluatORS
Answers to inquiries we commonly receive from prospective medical evaluators are organized in the following Q&A sections:
EVALUATOR QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Q: What qualifications are needed to become a medical evaluator for asylum & humanitarian protection cases?
Q: Can you do asylum evaluations as a resident (not licensed and/or boarded)?
Q: I am not located in Arizona, Texas or Washington. Can I still volunteer with EAHR?
Q: Do I need to commit to a specific number of evaluations in order to volunteer?
Q: Do I need to be willing to testify?
Q: Do I need malpractice or liability insurance?
Q: When and where do evaluations take place?
Q: Can I decline to do evaluations in immigration detention?
Q: How much time does a medical evaluation take to complete?
Q: For the most efficient use of time, can we schedule multiple evaluation appointments in a day?
Q: How is interpretation arranged for evaluations?
Q: Is there any role for testing or imaging as part of the evaluation?
Q: Can medical evaluators include screenings for Traumatic Brain Injuries or mental health symptoms in their assessments?
Q: Is there a template or collection of examples we can adapt for our affidavits?
Q: Can I shadow an experienced evaluator before doing it the first time alone?
Q: What are the next steps to apply to become a volunteer?
"It has been an honor and deeply rewarding for me to participate in conducting asylum medical evaluations. I reflect on this gratitude after each evaluation I complete. I will always remember the first time I received the feedback that someone I evaluated received asylum— tears of joy and relief! This is a way for me to contribute outside of direct medical care. It’s a way for me to continue to practice and improve my trauma informed skills and communication as well. I continue to learn from and admire the bravery of my clients and try to honor their stories by seeds for growth/improvement in my own life and medical practice."
- EAHR Volunteer