Special Programs – Special Faculty Permits

Special Faculty Permit holders are internationally trained physicians who have been recognized as academically eminent in their field of specialty. A Special Faculty Permit may be issued under Section 2168 of the Business and Professions Code and requires the sponsorship of an approved medical school or academic medical center in California. A Special Faculty Permit authorizes the permit holder to practice medicine, with all the rights and privileges of a California medical license, only within the sponsoring medical school or academic medical center and any affiliated institution in which the permit holder is providing instruction as part of the educational program at the medical school or academic medical center to which they are appointed.

All Special Programs applications are required to be submitted to the Board directly from the medical school or academic medical center on behalf of the applicant.

Special Programs – Individuals

Special Program permit holders are internationally trained physicians who do not immediately qualify for a physician’s and surgeon’s license. A license exemption granted under Business and Professions Code sections 2111, 2112, or 2113 requires the sponsorship of an approved medical school, academic medical center or hospital in California, depending upon the type of Special Program. Some special program permits have supervision requirements, limits on permitted activities, or eligibility limits based on U.S. citizenship.

All Special Programs applications are required to be submitted to the Board directly from the medical school or academic medical center on behalf of the applicant.


2111

The Section 2111 program is intended for internationally trained physicians who seek postgraduate study at an approved medical school or academic medical center in California. An appointment under a Section 2111 exemption authorizes the fellow to participate in clinical activities of the department or division in the medical school or academic medical center to which they are appointed. Time spent under a 2111 exemption may not be used to meet the postgraduate training requirements for full and unrestricted licensure in California.

2112

The Section 2112 program is intended for internationally trained physicians who seek postgraduate study at an approved hospital in California. An appointment under a Section 2112 exemption authorizes the fellow to participate in a fellowship program at a California hospital approved by the Joint Commission in a specialty or subspecialty field as approved by the Board. Time spent under a 2112 exemption may not be used to meet the postgraduate training requirements for full and unrestricted licensure in California.

2113

The Section 2113 program is intended for internationally trained physicians who are offered a full-time faculty position at an approved medical school or academic medical center in California. A certificate of registration under a Section 2113 exemption authorizes the registrant to engage in the practice of medicine only to the extent that the practice is incident to and a necessary part of the registrant’s duties approved by the Board in connection with the faculty position. Time spent in a faculty position under a Section 2113 exemption may be used toward the postgraduate training requirements for full and unrestricted licensure in California.