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California Letter

Postby anatolyk » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:15 am

California Medical Board for the Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL)


Here is a link to the application materials:
http://www.mbc.ca.gov/Applicant_Addl_Info.htm

The package that you need is here:
http://www.mbc.ca.gov/Applicant_International.pdf

In-state fingerprinting locations:
http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.htm

For out-of-state contact your local police and they will direct you to a station that does fingerprint rolls. Your fingers should be rolled by a police official and the card sent to the CA board.

One needs to be ECFMG certified to get the letter. It takes from 1 to 6 months.
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Re: California Letter

Postby anatolyk » Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:19 am

Some of the links have changed, so here is updated information:

General information:
http://www.mbc.ca.gov/applicant/additional_info.html

Application form:
http://www.mbc.ca.gov/forms/07m-175a.pdf

Fingerprinting LiveScan form:
http://www.mbc.ca.gov/applicant/live_scan.pdf

LiveScan locations:
http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.htm
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Re: California Letter

Postby Betsy10 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:13 pm

Hi, i need to know if i have to apply for PTAL before i apply to a training program or only after ive been accepted to a program. Thanks
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Re: California Letter

Postby anatolyk » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:00 pm

You need PTAL by the time you start training. However, most programs do not accept applications without the letter.
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Re: California Letter

Postby Betsy10 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:52 pm

thank you for the prompt reply.
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Re: California Letter

Postby dbarziv » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:55 pm

I have an intesting problem with the letter. I already applied for the letter but they wouldnt give it to me because my step 1 and 2ck are more than 10 yo. The problem is that you are not eligible to retake then unless you complited all other requests for getting a license but in order to be eligible for a license in california you need to do 2 years of post graduate education. This is a cach 22. Does anyone have an idea how can solve this problem?
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Re: California Letter

Postby anatolyk » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:32 pm

Can you elaborate on "unless you complited all other requests for getting a license". Is this coming from ECFMG or USMLE? Can you share a link or quote a document? I am not questioning its validity, I am just unaware of this requirement and want to find out all the details I can.
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Re: California Letter

Postby dbarziv » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:56 pm

Completing the requierment means that you have to do 2 years of post graduate training before you are eligible to a license in California among other things. The requierment for a license in California can be found on their website http://www.medbd.ca.gov/applicant/appli ... tional.pdf the exceptions for retaking the exams can be found in the ECFMG website and USMLE website http://www.usmle.org/General_Informatio ... ml#retakes. I am ECFMG certified and I cant take the exams again becuase when I took the exams they were enough for the certification. Thats why I had only to complete step 2cs this year and I was certified this year.
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Re: California Letter

Postby anatolyk » Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:26 pm

Thanks for the links. Usmle retake explanation is what's new. So, you cannot retake unless step timing is the only thing that prevents you from getting a license. Good to know!

If you pass a Step or Step Component, you are not allowed to retake it, except to comply with the time limit of a medical licensing authority for the completion of all Steps or a requirement imposed by another authority recognized by the USMLE program for this purpose. The medical licensing authority must provide information indicating that you are an applicant for licensure in that jurisdiction; have fulfilled all requirements for licensure in that jurisdiction; are eligible for licensure except for the out-of-date examination; and have completed the full USMLE sequence, including Step 3. Information regarding retakes allowed to comply with a requirement imposed by a recognized authority other than a medical licensing authority is provided at the time of exam application using ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA).
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Re: California Letter

Postby alexus » Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:01 am

i need to know if i have to apply for PTAL before i apply to a training program or only after ive been accepted to a program.
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Re: California Letter

Postby alexus » Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:04 am

i need to know if i have to apply for PTAL before i apply to a training program or only after ive been accepted to a program.
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Re: California Letter

Postby anatolyk » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:31 am

Way before. It takes up to 6 months to get one. Most programs require PTAL before considering you for an interview.
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Re: California Letter

Postby b602nln5 » Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:39 pm

You need PTAL by the time you start training. However, most programs do not accept applications without the letter.
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Re: California Letter

Postby ohio » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:21 pm

If you are in residency in state other than California and apply for PTAL, how likely that your are successful that you will get PTAL if you were placed on probation and ultimately your contract not renewed in other state?
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Re: California Letter

Postby anatolyk » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:44 pm

Your current residency experience does not affect PTAL Application. You may apply for CA Letter.
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