If a person has only one kidney at the time of applying for a medical clearance, will this effect anything? The second kidney was removed due to its low function, which was probably a congenital issue. The person is 100% now with the one kidney and there are no ongoing medical issues.
A determination of eligibility for the required Foreign Service medical clearance cannot be made absent the pre-employment medical exam, and the exam cannot commence unless one passes the Oral Assessment process. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis, based on the results of the exam. There is no list of conditions that absolutely preclude consideration. We hope, however, that the following information will be useful.
In order to be hired into the Foreign Service you must be “worldwide available” and not have any medical condition that would preclude worldwide availability. There are some countries where medical/hospital care is very poor. There are places where there are no medical emergency facilities. Should your application for the Foreign Service reach the point where a Department of State pre-employment medical examination is required, your medical condition and pre-employment medical exam results will be carefully reviewed by the Medical Clearance Office which will determine if you are able to serve worldwide. Absent a Department of State pre-employment medical exam, the Medical Clearance Office cannot make a determination. Please also review the information at this link:
Then scroll down to # 6: CLEARANCES: MEDICAL AND SECURITY
Ok, thank you.
So with that said, having only one kidney isn't an automatic disqualification then? It is more of a case by case basis.
There is no list of conditions that absolutely proclude consideration. Whether or not to grant the Class 1 medical clearance is based on the entire medical exam/medical history, which is done on a case-by-case basis.
Thank you for the info.