Postgraduate Training Licensees

A Postgraduate Training License (PTL) is issued to residents who are enrolled in a California ACGME-accredited postgraduate training program. The resident may engage in the practice of medicine only in connection with their duties as a resident in the approved training program, including its affiliated sites, or under those conditions as are approved in writing by the director of their program.

Postgraduate Training Licensees

A Postgraduate Training License is issued to an individual who has graduated from an approved medical school, passed all required examinations, has not completed 36 months of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) postgraduate training, and is enrolled in an approved California residency program.

 COVID19 Response - United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) recently decided to discontinue Step 2 CS.

To meet the minimum examination requirement for a PTL, you must have taken and passed Steps 1 and 2CK of the USMLE or all parts of the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC).

To transition from a PTL to a physician’s and surgeon’s license, you must have taken and passed all steps of the USMLE.

Note: If you have previously submitted official scores verifying passage of all parts of the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) examination, no further action is required.