Changes effective January 1, 2020

  • A Postgraduate Training License (PTL) will be required for ALL RESIDENTS participating in a California ACGME program for the first 36 months of any ACGME training
    • A trainee must obtain a PTL within 180 days after enrollment in the program
    • After the first 36 months of any ACGME training Residents and Fellows MUST obtain a full and unrestricted California medical license
    • The PTL will be valid until 90 days after completion of the first 36 months of any ACGME training (to allow an applicant time to obtain a full and unrestricted license)
    • A PTAL will no longer be required for International Medical Graduates (IMG)
  • All residents and fellows are REQUIRED to have a full and unrestricted California Medical License after they complete 36 months of any ACGME (or RCPSC, CFPC) program training
  • California Licensure Requirements:
    • 36 months of ACGME training (ACGME-International Training is not applicable)
    • At least 24 consecutive months of ACGME training
      • in the same ACGME program
      • within the first 36 months of training
        • If a candidate does not meet this criterion, they may not train in California beyond 36 total months under any circumstances
        • ACGME-International Training is not applicable for a California Medical License
  •  Applicants may (should) submit the PTL application and supporting documents soon as they have confirmation of acceptance into the ACGME program