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 the applicant acted appropriately under supervision, the Board staff still insisted on denial. A request for a Statement of Issues was made to the Attorney General's Office. Mr. Boreman provided the documentation and evidence to the Deputy Attorney General assigned to the case. Following that communication, the Board's Statement of Issues request was withdrawn and the Board rescinded its denial. The applicant is happily awaiting the results of the Residency Match and hoping to complete her medical training in California.
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