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 are voluntary.
As of February 1, 2007, the Medical Board began updating missing physician survey data. If we do not have your survey, you will be contacted by Debbie Nelson via email or letter.