Postgraduate Training License (PTL)
Effective January 1, 2020, a PTL will be required for all trainees participating in an ACGME accredited postgraduate training program in California in order to practice medicine as part of their training program. A PTL must be obtained within 180 days after enrollment in the program and will not be required to be renewed.
Any trainee currently participating in a California ACGME accredited postgraduate training program at the time the law goes in effect, and is not eligible for licensure, will need a PTL by the extended deadline of March 31, 2021, to continue in the program.
Current first year residents who are attending a transitional or preliminary year and are scheduled to complete the academic year on June 30, 2020 will not require a PTL. However, if you are accepted into an ACGME-accredited program in California starting on July 1, 2020, you will be required to obtain the PTL by March 31, 2021.
Transition from PTL to Physician's and Surgeon's License
Trainees who hold a current PTL and have successfully completed 36 months of ACGME training that includes four months of general medicine may apply for transition from a PTL to a physician's and surgeon's license in California.
Note: The PTL will be valid until 90 days after a trainee successfully completed 36 months of accredited training if the trainee is currently enrolled in an ACGME accredited training program in California.
Physician's and Surgeon's License
Effective January 1, 2020, an applicant must successfully complete a minimum of 36 months of baord-approved postgraduate training, with at least 24 consecutive months in the same program, to be eligible for a physician's and surgeon's license in California.
An applicant who has completed 36 months of ACGME training outside of California has 90 days after beginning an ACGME training program in California to obtain a full unrestricted CA medical license to practice medicine.
An applicant who has completed 48 or more months of ACGME training outside of California must obtain a full unrestricted CA medical license prior to starting an ACGME training program in California.
DCA Waiver DCA-20-100 extends the deadline to obtain a postgraduate training license to March 31, 2021 for all unlicensed residents who were enrolled in an approved postgraduate training program in California on January 1, 2020. For licensed residents, please be sure you remain licensed through your training time in California.