There are two (2) fundamental reasons why SF 3112C (Physician’s Statement) “doesn’t work” for physicians: First, it is a government “form”. It requests of a doctor to mechanically engage in the very performance of a duty which all doctors (generally speaking) hate: writing up a report. It does not provide for a context; it does not attempt to simplify the process for the doctor. Second, for any doctor, it is an unappealing request. To shove a government form which is written in fine print, and ask him to “follow the directions” is something all doctors (again, generally speaking) hate to do.
What I have found to be much more effective, is to provide a context and background — an “explanation” — to the doctor, concerning the medical disability retirement process.
That is one of the primary reasons why I never have my clients sign or submit an SF 3112C. Aside from the danger of allowing for the blind release of any and all medical information to the Agency, and ultimately to the Office of Personnel Management when one signs the 3112C, it is simply not an effective means by which to obtain the necessary medical narrative report from the treating doctor. To obtain an effective narrative report, it is important to have an attorney make a proper and thorough request.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire