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March 16, 2011 / thegirlwhotooktheleap

The Civil Surgeon Experience

This is probably one of the most dreaded steps in the k1 to AOS experience because finding a good civil surgeon can be harder than looking for a needle in a haystack, literally! In my case, it took about 10 tries before I found a civil surgeon who did not insist that I repeat the physical exam, and some of them were quite rude! Thankfully Tim and I finally found someone who understood the k1 process and who wasn’t trying to rip us off. Dr. Sudhir Khanna from Shamokin, PA only charged us $25 to transcribe the vaccination record that I received from my physical onto the I693 form. However they did say that I lacked the tdap booster so I had to get that shot done first. I went to the Lehigh county health department and they gave me the shot for just $5 🙂 All in all it wasn’t a bad experience and it turned out to be easier than expected. So to everyone else, relax! I hope this will help someone in the future!

Dr. Sudhir Khanna

Downtown Medical Center, 239 West Commerce Street, Shamokin, PA 17872

Phone: (570) 644-0178



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  1. Tina / Apr 30 2011 1:43 pm

    Oh great, you are really in Pennsylvania, this is a great tip! I won’t have problems with this one. 😀

    • thegirlwhotooktheleap / Apr 30 2011 1:52 pm

      Yupyup! Are you near Shamokin PA? There was another PA civil surgeon recommended by another VJ member. From what I read, he charges $40, which isn’t bad too!
      Dr. Stephen Applebaum, North Penn Family Medicine
      2026 North Broad Street, Lansdale, PA 19446
      (215) 368-4434

      Now you have two choices! 🙂

  2. Tina / May 19 2011 3:32 pm

    Hi! No, I live in New Providence now so Shamokin is 2 to 2 1/2 hours from me so we just went to York which is an hour away. Its funny because they charged us 188$ at first and then the nurse told me to undergo some shots and go back on Friday to have my TB skin test! I think there were more tests but that’s when I told them that I already had that. She said I need to have it because the immigration needs one that is taken within a year and that’s when I showed my X-ray cd from St. Lukes and told her it was already submitted to the immigration. When she saw that CD, she thought I was a TB positive thats why I have it! That’s when another nurse joined the conversation and insisted that I need to have those so I explained and showed her my DS-2035 and X-ray CD and thankfully she understood what was going on. She told the other nurse that I just need a form to be stamped on. So finally they cancelled the 188$ down to 15$, woot! Lol. Anyway, I’m so curious, are you a pure Filipina? You seem like you have an American blood or something.

    • thegirlwhotooktheleap / May 19 2011 5:14 pm

      OMG What an experience!!! I’m glad you were able to sort it all out 🙂 When do you plan to file AOS? Goodluck and God bless 🙂
      And to answer your question, I have Swedish and Spanish blood 🙂

  3. Sunshine / Jul 27 2011 9:18 pm

    You’ve really helped me a lot by posting about your experience and giving a few names! I’m going to make use of this blog of yours. Hihi. God bless you!

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