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Internal Medicine Doctors of
Mill Basin & Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

6301 Mill Lane (Corner of East 63rd) in Mill Basin (11234)


Dr. Bella Zimilevich

Dr. Bella Zimilevich, MD
Primary Care Doctor

Dr. Bella Zimilevich

Dr. Anatoly Pisman, M.D
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Bella Zimilevich

Dr. Alexander Shapsis, M.D

Specialized Exams


Specialized Exams (Work Physicals, School Physicals for College, etc)

Posted by on June 12th, 2013

Dr. Bella Zimilevich, MDApart from routine physicals, I also perform specialized exams for patients with special needs, including work physicals, pre-employment screenings and physicals required for entry to college. I understand that time is of the essence for these types of exams and will work with you to ensure that your paperwork is fully completed as quickly as possible”.

-Dr. Bella Zimilevich, MD

Work Physicals/Pre-employment Physicals and Screening

You may be required to complete this type of exam if you are starting a new job, if you are being promoted within your company or if you have been ill or injured and need to be medically cleared to return to work.

The following is a list of specialized work/employment exams I perform:

  • Pre-employment exams– these exams are usually requested for new employees. Their purpose is to determine whether you are physically capable or fit enough to perform in your new work role. They also provide a baseline of employee health that may be used to limit liability in case you are injured on the job.
  • Annual exams- some companies may require an annual physical to identify any health issues that may cause problems for you on the job. Sometimes these exams are required for employee insurance purposes.
  • Executive physicals- these physical exams are often more comprehensive and time-consuming than a regular physical exam, hence the use of the term “executive”. These exams are used to screen for a wider variety of conditions than most routine exams.
  • Respirator physical exams- if your job requires you to use a respirator, OSHA requires that your employer ensure that you are medically able to use a respirator at your job. I will make sure you meet the physical requirements to use a respirator, or advise you on what adjustments you could make to the equipment so that it works/fits better for you.
  • Return to duty exams- if you have been ill or have suffered an injury at work, I will examine you to ensure that you are fit to return to your job. Your employer may require you to be examined to ensure that you won’t reinjure yourself or to prevent the spread of an infectious illness to your co-workers. If needed, I can supply you with a note for your employer.

School Physicals/College Entrance Physicals

I also perform school physical exams for students who require a physical prior to starting a college or university program, or for students who are planning on playing college sports.

Many programs are competitive and challenging, both physically and mentally, therefore schools want to ensure that their students are up to the task before starting school. Some programs also have a practicum component in which students are in close contact with the public, so it is necessary to ensure that students are healthy and won’t pose a risk to those who may be vulnerable. Students who are playing college sports must also be healthy enough to play, and schools may want to limit liability by ensuring their players are healthy. These are just a few of the reasons why students may be required to have a physical exam prior to starting their college or university program.





Whether you require a physical for work purposes, or you are a student applying to college or university, I want to make your physical a positive experience. The sheer amount of paperwork can be overwhelming. Let me take some of the burden off your shoulders. I can see you quickly to perform your exam and get your paperwork completed so that you are ready to face the next chapter in your life, whatever it may be. If you need a physical, make an appointment today and discover the Mill Basin Medical difference.

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School Physicals For College / Pre-Admission Exams

Posted by on June 6th, 2013

Dr. Bella Zimilevich, MDI understand that getting ready for college can be a busy time. If you need a school physical completed prior to starting college, I can perform your exam and help you get your paperwork sorted out as quickly as possible”.

-Dr. Bella Zimilevich, MD

Why is my school requesting a physical before I start school?

It’s in the school’s best interests for their students to be healthy and able to complete the program they have chosen. Some programs are very rigorous and may be physically and mentally challenging. A college physical exam may help them identify students who may have difficulty completing a program due to a physical or mental condition.

In certain programs, such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, physiotherapy and other allied health programs, students may be expected to complete practicums in the community. They may have to work with patients who are physically ill or who have lowered immunity due to illness. In these programs, students must be free of any communicable diseases and healthy enough to work safely with others. These programs are also very demanding, so the college or university may want to ensure that they are choosing candidates who can withstand the pressures that will be placed on them.

If you are attending college on an athletic scholarship, or just planning to participate in college sports, you may be required to have a college pre-admission physical before being allowed to play.  This is to ensure that you are fit to play and that you don’t have any physical issues that have not yet been identified.

What can I expect when I come in for my college physical?

Most college physical exam forms ask for the same basic information. In addition to your demographics (name, age, date of birth, contact information etcetera), they will generally ask for the following information:

  • height
  • weight
  • vital signs (temperature, heart rate, blood pressure)
  • vision (whether you wear glasses or contacts or have any problems with your vision)
  • general appearance (whether you appear to be healthy)
  • previous medical/surgical history
  • medications you are taking/any allergies to medications, foods or environment

I will perform a physical exam. In order for me to examine you, you will be asked to change into a gown. During the physical portion of the exam, I may do some or all of the following:

  • examine your skin
  • listen to your heart and lungs
  • look in your ears, eyes, throat and nose
  • examine your abdomen
  • check your reflexes
  • feel your thyroid gland for any nodules (lumps)
  • check your back for any spinal abnormalities
  • ask you to walk a few steps to check balance and gait

Some schools may request basic blood work to check for anemia, signs of infection or thyroid abnormalities.

What about immunizations?

Many schools will ask that you provide proof of immunization or that you receive certain immunizations prior to starting school. This may be especially important if your program brings you in contact with the public. College itself can put you at risk for certain illnesses, such as the flu, due to crowded living conditions in dormitories, so it’s a good idea to protect yourself as much as possible. An illness such as the flu can mean missing classes or exams, putting you behind in your work.

You may be asked to provide proof/get vaccinated against the following conditions:

You may feel a little overwhelmed when you look at your college physical exam form. Don’t worry- it seems more complicated than it really is and I have a lot of experience filling out forms! That being said, try not to wait until the last minute to get your forms completed. Make an appointment to come in and see me and I’ll get your forms completed- one less thing to worry about.

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Work Physicals / Pre-Employment Physicals and Screenings

Posted by on May 17th, 2013

Dr. Bella Zimilevich, MD “Whether you require a yearly exam for your current employer, a pre-employment screening for a prospective employer or a return-to-work exam following an illness or injury, we can help you meet your employer’s requirements”.

–Dr. Bella Zimilevich, MD

Work physicals are designed to help you and your employer determine your ability to perform specific duties or a particular job. Employers sometimes require a physical exam to limit future liability for work-related injury or illness by documenting a pre-existing illness, or identifying conditions that may result in illness or disability in the future. These physical exams can reduce sick time or help you avoid a job that is likely to injure you or make you ill.

Who needs a work physical?

You might be required to have a work physical before starting a job at a new company or transferring to a different position at your current place of business. I can help you determine if you are physically fit to perform the tasks your employer will expect of you. Consider me as the liaison between your employer and you, the guardian of your health.

I can also perform a physical examination to assess your recovery from an injury or illness to be sure you are healthy enough to return to work. I do this to reduce your risk for re-injury or to prevent exposing your co-workers to contagious illnesses, such as strep throat or the flu. If necessary, I can supply a return-to-work note for your employer, as some employers require a note if an employee is ill or absent for more than a couple of days.

Types of exams

I am qualified to perform several types of examinations to suit your employment needs, including:

  • Pre-employment exams
  • Annual exams
  • Executive physicals
  • Department of transportation (DOT) physicals
  • Respirator physical exams
  • Return to duty exams
  • FAA exams (Class I and II)

Ideally, you should have a pre-employment physical after you are hired and before you begin work to reduce the risk for discrimination based on disability, and then have a physical yearly so I can continue to monitor your overall health.

I also offer specialized employment exams if you are an executive, driver or pilot. If you are a firefighter or in another profession that uses respirators, OSHA requires that your employer ensure that you are medically able to use a respirator at your job. I will make sure you meet the physical requirements to use a respirator, or advise you on what adjustments you could make to the equipment so that it works/fits better for you.

What to expect

Each type of work physical is slightly different. For example, a respirator physical may include a pulmonary function test, while a DOT exam usually includes an eye test. While no two employee physicals are the same, almost all follow the same general procedures of gathering a medical history, performing a physical examination and obtaining a variety of laboratory tests. I understand what procedures are necessary for each type of exam to provide the results your employer requires, so that you get the results you need without any unnecessary steps.

There is no special preparation for most employee physicals. However, some laboratory tests require that you refrain from eating or drinking for several hours prior to having your blood drawn. When scheduling your visit, be sure to ask if you need to do anything special on the day of your appointment.

The day of your appointment

Present any papers your employer may have provided you with. Many employment physicals require the examining physician to fill out specific forms. My office workers and I will usually know which papers you will need and are glad to file the appropriate paperwork as necessary.

My nursing staff will help me gather pertinent details about your medical history. We will ask about your current health, previous illnesses, and family history. Depending on the type of employment exam you require, we may ask you to change into a hospital gown to make physical examination easier.

A nurse will take your vital signs, recording your temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate. These tests help me determine if you have high blood pressure, breathing problems, or an infection.

The exam

I will perform a physical examination specific to the type of employment physical you need – I may examine your entire body or focus on one area. For example, if you need a respirator physical, I will include a pulmonary exam to determine how well your heart and lungs function. In a return-to-work physical, I might include a head and neck exam, checking your throat and lymph nodes for signs of infection. Depending on your needs and the requests of your employer, I might check your abdomen, assess the health of your nervous system, or evaluate your spine health.

A pre-employment physical exam involves no pain. Most physical exams are quick, lasting only a few minutes as I focus on the most important physiological aspects of your job – I want to make sure your job is not harmful to your physical well-being.

Laboratory tests

Depending on the type of work examination you need, I may order laboratory tests. I might request a urinalysis because urine testing can detect certain problems even before you know you are ill. Blood tests, such as a complete blood count or metabolic panel, are broad screening tests that can evaluate your overall health or determine whether your treatment has worked well enough for you to return to work.

Your employer may require drug testing for commonly used or illicit substances, such as cocaine, marijuana, opiate painkillers and barbiturates. Drug tests require a sample of blood, urine, hair, sweat, or saliva. Blood and saliva tests measure drug use in the days prior to testing, while urine and hair samples detect drug use as far back as 90 days in some cases.

I send your specimens to a reputable and trustworthy medical laboratory in the area to ensure fast and accurate results.

We are here to help

My team and I are glad to help you succeed in your professional life, whether you are starting a new job, returning to work or enjoying a promotion. We are conveniently located and our fast and friendly team of medical professionals promises a quick turnaround time and accurate results. If you need an employee work physical, make an appointment today.

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