Licensed Physicians from Mexico Pilot Program

As of April 2019, the Medical Board of California (Board) is accepting applications for the Licensed Physicians from Mexico Pilot Program.

Pursuant to Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 853, the Licensed Physicians from Mexico Pilot Program allows up to thirty (30) licensed physicians from Mexico specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, to practice medicine in California for a period not to exceed three (3) years. The licenses issued to the participating physicians are non-renewable and, like all Board licensees, are subject to disciplinary action through the formal enforcement process if the licensee violates the law.

Physicians from Mexico who are issued a three (3) year license by the Board, are eligible for recruitment and employment by nonprofit community health centers in California. Nonprofit community health centers wishing to employ participating physicians from the Mexico Pilot Program must apply to the Board.

A California medical school will work in consultation with the Board to perform the required evaluation of the program. The Legislature will receive yearly progress reports with data collected from the evaluations. A final report to the Legislature will be provided at the conclusion of the program with recommendations on whether the program should be continued, expanded, altered, or terminated.

Interested Physicians:
Refer to the License Information for Licensed Physicians from Mexico Pilot Program.

Interested Nonprofit Community Health Centers:
Refer to the Nonprofit Community Health Center General Information.

If a physician from Mexico or nonprofit community health center meets the minimum requirements outlined and wishes to apply, contact Erica Eisenhut, Mexico Pilot Program Coordinator, at erica.eisenhut@mbc.ca.gov or (916) 561-8283, to request an application.


Background

Assembly Bill 1045 (Firebaugh, Chapter 1157) was signed by the Governor in September 2002 and became law January 1, 2003. The purpose of the legislation was to provide more healthcare services in community health centers in underserved areas of California.

Pursuant to BPC section 853 “any funding necessary for the implementation of this program, including the evaluation and oversight functions shall be secured from nonprofit philanthropic entities. Implementation of this program may not proceed unless appropriate funding is secured from nonprofit philanthropic entities.” The Board received the necessary philanthropic funding in 2018 to initiate the program and began taking the necessary steps for implementation.