License Applications and Renewals
by Stephen M. Boreman on May 07, 2012
Physicians, including recent medical school graduates and physicians from other states or countries seeking a California medical license must fill out a state application which asks questions pertaining to criminal records. Questions No. 55 through 58 pertain to criminal records that you may have to disclose.
by Stephen M. Boreman on May 04, 2012
California's Medical Board maintains a website www.mbc.ca.gov with a host of information, including a list of all approved medical schools, in the U.S. and Canada as well as throughout the world. It is easy to check whether a particular medical school has received Board recognition: simply go to http://www.mbc.ca.gov/applicant/schools_recognized.html and the list will appear.
by Stephen M. Boreman on April 26, 2012
Physicians must have a state license to practice in California. Allowing sufficient time and providing a complete application with full documentation to the Medical Board can make a difference. Failure to do so may result in delay, denial or the filing of a Statement of Issues and an administrative hearing. Lately (2012) the process has been taking about seven or eight months.
by Adam G. Slote on April 20, 2011
Medical license applicants in California may have the option to withdraw their applications before a final license denial. Here is how it works:
The process starts when a medical resident or physician licensed in another state (or foreign jurisdiction) applies for a medical license in California. The license application is made to the Medical Board of California where a medical license is formally called a physician and surgeon’s certificate.
by Stephen M. Boreman on June 14, 2010
A foreign medical school graduate hoping for a Residency Match in California nearly lost her eligibility when the Medical Board denied a routine extension of her PTAL (Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter) The board's denial was based on an allegation that she had improperly seen or treated patients while serving as a student-observer under the direction of faculty at a California medical school. After the applicant contacted Slote & Links, attorney Steve Boreman sought documentation from the supervising faculty member for submission to the Board. Despite documentation showing
by Stephen M. Boreman on June 14, 2010
An out-of-state applicant for a California medical license had a misdemeanor conviction for petty theft which occurred more than twenty years ago when the applicant was a teen-age undergraduate. At the time of conviction, a 3 month summary probation was imposed and the court as well as the applicant's attorney indicated that the matter would be expunged and need not be reported. This information, however, was erroneous and Business and Professions Code section 480(a)(1) was clearly applicable, making expunged criminal records reportable notwithstanding a motion to expunge under Penal Cod
by Adam G. Slote on May 30, 2010
A board certified physician practicing in another state accepted employment at a reputable California health care facility and applied for licensure in California. After several months of delays, a Medical Board representative was unwilling to accept the doctor’s clinical experience from a reputable European institution approved by the Medical Board. Ironically, the institution has a longer history than the State of California.
by Adam G. Slote on March 02, 2010
On March 1, 2010, the California Court of Appeal filed its decision in YVETTE MARQUEZ v. MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA, California Court of Appeal Case No. C060456.
Medical license applicants in California are required to pass certain examinations including the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Applicants must pass each of three parts to the examination. To be eligible for a California license, an applicant must pass Part III of the exam within four attempts. The examination is administered by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), which establishes a recommended minimum score.