Medical Schools Recognized by the Medical Board of California
To be eligible for a Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) or Physician’s
and Surgeon’s license, applicants must have received all of their medical school
education from and graduated from a medical school recognized or approved by the
Medical Board of California (with the exception listed below). The medical school’s
name must exactly match the name on the Board’s list of recognized medical schools.
Effective January 1, 2013: If you did not attend or graduate from
a recognized or approved medical school you may be eligible for licensure pursuant
to Section 2135.7 of the Business and Professions Code . Click on the following
link to obtain a copy of the statute detailing the specific licensing requirements:
Any questions pertaining to an application submitted for processing pursuant to
Section 2135.7 may be directed to Mr. Mark Seidl at (916) 274-6103.
Prior to submitting an application, please refer to the following list of medical
schools recognized by the Medical Board of California. To locate a particular school,
click on the letter for the country where that school is located.
Note: Students from some recognized international medical schools
may have deficiencies in their training and will not meet the requirements for licensure
in California. Any training deficiencies will require remedial training prior to
licensure in California.
Warning: Some recognized medical schools that teach in their native
language are opening English language medical school programs. The English language
programs are not recognized unless specifically stated, e.g., "University of Pecs
Faculty Medicine" and "Pecs University Medical School English Program (6-year English
Program)." The English language programs must apply for recognition and receive
approval from the Medical Board of California for the education received from the
English language program to be eligible to qualify an applicant for licensure requirements
Should you have any questions please contact the Board's Licensing Program at (916)