California is one of the most competitive states for Residency and Fellowship. In order to obtain a Post-Graduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) prior to applying for residency, an IMG / FMG’s school must be approved by the Medical Board of California. The nuance of obtaining a PTAL is time sensitive and can be stressful. 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. Through assistance with your application, making follow-up calls, and doing additional research, we help you navigate process of obtaining a PTAL quickly and efficiently.
Find out if your international medical school is on the approved list by checking out the Medical Board of California’s website. 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 maybe separate requirements that you need to meet in order to be eligible for residency and medical license 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 license in California.