The Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG) is a prestigious, private university in Mexico with a medical school that has been recognized by the Medical Board of California for over forty years. UAG medical graduates bring valuable Spanish language and cultural skills to California's diverse communities.
In 2014, UAG decided to offer a four year M.D. degree option, modeled after U.S. and Canadian medical schools, instead of the traditional Mexican program with a fifth "internado" year. Unfortunately, miscommunication led the California Medical Board to abruptly revoke its recognition of UAG.
We asserted UAG's procedural right to notice and a hearing, and then we faciliated communications between UAG and the Medical Board so that the Medical Board had sufficient documentation to restore recognition of UAG's five-year program. We then worked with UAG to complete a Self Assessment Report (SAR) for recognition of a four-year program. The SAR process took over a year to complete and the Medical Board approved the four-year program in May of 2016.
Stephen M. Boreman represents foreign medical schools and foreign medical graduates in matters before the Medical Board of California.