Upon renewal of a physician's license, the Medical Board is required to collect
certain data (Business & Professions Code sections 803.1, 2425.1 and 2425.3).
The data collected includes: activities in medicine, specialty, zip code within
California of physicians who are treating patients, training status, ethnicity,
and foreign language fluency.
The goal of the survey is to gain a better understanding of the physician workforce
in California. While we know how many licensed physicians reside in the state, there
is little information regarding the time that is spent in actual clinical practice,
or the location or specialty of that practice. Foreign language and ethnicity responses