It is a requirement for an applicant to be eligible for medical licensure in order to be accepted into a residency program in the State of California.

In January 1996, AB3479 became law in The State of California, in conjunction with the Medical Board of California, which requires applicants to have completed family medicine clinical training in order to be eligible for medical licensure. 

Effective January 1, 2020, eligibility for a physician’s and surgeon’s license in California requires an applicant to have successfully completed 36 months of postgraduate training accredited by either the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or College of Family Physicians of Canada regardless of whether the medical school was domestic or international. An applicant will need to complete 24 consecutive months of training in the same program in order to be eligible for a license.

Additionally, The Medical Board of California will require a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) for all residents participating in an ACGME accredited postgraduate training program in California. The PTL must be secured within 180 days after enrollment in the residency program in order to practice medicine as part of their training program. After 36 months of ACGME accredited postgraduate training, residents will be required and eligible to apply for licensure. A resident will have a 90 day grace period to secure a full and unrestricted license. A Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) will no longer be required for International Medical Graduates (IMG). Please visit the Medical Board of California website at for additional information regarding the PTL.  

If you have any questions as to whether or not you meet the requirement for licensure in the State of California, please contact the Medical Board of California directly at (916) 263-2382 or visit the website at


Please contact our residency coordinator Lisa Yee-Isbell by phone (916) 734-5005 or email for more information about applying to our program.