Important Changes to Postgraduate Training and Licensing Requirements

Senate (SB) 798 (Hill, Chapter 775) revised postgraduate training and licensing requirements for physicians and surgeons beginning January 1, 2020. Effective January 1, 2020, all applicants, regardless of whether the medical school attended was domestic or international, will be required to successfully complete 36 months of postgraduate training accredited by either the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or College of Family Physicians of Canada. An applicant will need to complete 24 consecutive months of training in the same program in order to be eligible for a physician’s and surgeon’s license.

Further, a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) will be required for all residents participating in an ACGME accredited postgraduate training program in California in order to practice medicine as part of their training program. A PTL must be obtained within 180 days after enrollment in the program and will not be required to be renewed. The profile of a holder of a PTL will be displayed on the Board’s website for public view.

Any resident participating in an ACGME accredited postgraduate training program at the time the law goes in effect, and is not eligible for licensure, will need a PTL by June 30, 2020, to continue in the program.

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Within 180 days of enrollment into California ACGME program, obtain PTL

Complete 36-months of ACGME accredited postgraduate training

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Within 90 days of completing training, obtain Physician's and Surgeon's License

During the Transitional Period

Effective January 1, 2020, the Board will no longer issue Postgraduate Training Authorization Letters (PTAL) to international medical school graduates. As a result, international medical school graduates applying for the 2020 residency match will not require a PTAL and may apply for residency through the Electronic Residency Application Service.

The Board will correspond with applicants that have a pending application on file regarding the status of their application and what is required to proceed with the application process by September 2019. The Board will post updated applications, forms and additional information related to these changes in fall 2019.

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