California is one of the best and most competitive states for residency and fellowship. If you are an International Medical Graduate (IMG) or a Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG), your school must be approved by the Medical Board of California to obtain a Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) prior to applying for residency. The nuance of obtaining a PTAL is time sensitive and can be stressful. We help you through the process so you can obtain a PTAL quickly and without a headache. Whether this is through assistance with your application, making follow up calls, or doing additional research on your behalf, we are by your side every step of the way.
It can take anywhere from 2 months to a year to receive a PTAL if you don’t have the resources to complete the application process accurately and efficiently. We are here to make sure the processing time is as minimal as possible to prevent any delays in your application. Medical students can begin applying for a PTAL up to 9 months before graduation.
Find out if your international medical school is on the approved list by checking out the Medical Board of California’s website here.
It is possible that your school is not on the California’s Recognized Medical School’s list, because it may not have requested recognition from the Medical Board of California. In this case, there are separate requirements that you need to meet in order to be eligible for residency and medical licensure in California. These requirements can be reviewed here.
However, there is also a formal list for international medical schools that are disapproved by the State of California. If your medical school is on this list, you will not be accepted towards meeting the requirements for a PTAL or medical licensure in California.