For most airmen, obtaining a medical certificate is a straight-forward process. They apply online, go to see their AME and walk out with a medical certificate. For a small percentage of airmen, that is just the beginning of the process. But whether an AME issues or defers an airman’s application for a medical certificate, that isn’t the end of the process for the FAA.
For an explanation of how the FAA handles airmen applications for medical certificates after the AME’s examination, please read my latest article on the subject: What Happens To Your Medical Certificate Application After The Examination?