发信人: cyclincyclin (cyclin), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: CA letter
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PTAL step by step
PTAL - California Letter
Procedure for PTAL
Step 1 - Download the Application PDF file here.
Step 2 - Fill out Forms L1A to L1E. Make sure you fill it out completely and
send this in as soon as possible. Once the board receives these documents
is the day the application processing begins. So if they say you should have
letter 90 days from receipt of application, this is day one.
Step 3 - Go to www.fsmb.org and request them to send your transcript with
USMLE scores to the California Medical Board.
Step 4 - Get L2 and L5 ready and send to your medical school for processing.
Along with these forms send a copy of your diploma and a copy of your
transcript with the following written on the back - \"This is a true copy of
the original Diploma\" for the Diploma and \"This is a true copy of the
original transcript\" for the transcript. Make sure the Dean or Principal
stamps his seal and signs right below this statement. Make sure your medical
college sends these documents along with forms L2 and L5 as soon as
possible to speed up your application. Usually this is where the hold up
occurs as the California Board is quite efficient.
Step 5 - If you have done any rotations outside of your main medical college
teaching hospital you need to fill out form L6. Otherwise it is not needed.
Forms L3 and L4 are not required for the PTAL. They are used when you apply
for a Licence to begin your residency.
Step 6 - After you send in L1A-L1E, the board will send you a document form
for the live scan fingerprint. The live scan locations for California can be
found here. If you live in California you must do the live scan. If you
live out of California you must call the Board and they will send you the
information for getting your fingerprints. They will send you the
fingerprint cards and this is another area where a holdup can occur as it
takes 12 weeks to process. If possible, it would be best to fly in to
California and do the live scan as the live scan processing only takes 5
Step 7 - Wait Patiently, This is all you need to do. The total processing
time should be anywhere from 90 to 180 days. If you have any questions just
call the Board, they are very good about answering your questions.
Documents Needed For PTAL
The following list is what is required by the California Medical Board for
the Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) formerly known as the
California Letter. The PTAL is required for foreign medical graduates to
undergo residency training in the state of California. While applying for
Residency programs through ERAS, this PTAL takes the place of one of your
letters of recomendation.
The website for the California Medical Board can be found here.
The Application materials can be found here.
The following list is an extract from a letter I received from the
California Medical Board. I hope you find this information useful.
Fingerprint clearance from the California Department of Justice and the
Federal Bureau of Investigations. Our records indicate that the Live Scan
application was mailed to you on …
Applicants who live in California are required to have their prints
processed by the Live Scan method. Please take the enclosed form, Request for Live Scan Service, to a Live Scan location and have your fingerprints done. A listing
of those locations, the hours of operations, and the local agency fees can be
The Certified Transcript of Scores directly from the Federation of State
Medical Boards to document your satisfactory completion of Steps 1 and 2(CK) of the
USMLE examination. You will need to contact the Federation at their web site,
www.fsmb.org. Please click on \"Transcript Request\'\" and follow the given
Certificate of Medical Education, Form L2, completed and signed by the dean
or registrar of your medical school, and properly affixed with the official
medical school seal.
Original, official medical school transcripts to document all of the courses
you completed and the grades/hours you received in each subject during medical
school. Or, you may request your medical school to submit directly to the Medical
Board of California, a certified copy of your medical school transcripts
affixed with the official medical school seal and original signature of the
dean/registrar, and a statement attesting that the copy is a true and
correct copy of the original.
Your original medical school diploma. Or, you may request your medical
school to submit directly to the Medical Board of California, a certified copy of
your diploma affixed with the official medical school seal and original signature
of the dean/registrar, and a statement attesting that the copy is a true and
correct copy of the original.
Official Breakdown of Undergraduate Clinical Clerkships, Form L5, completed
and certified by your medical school, to document the dates of attendance
for each clinical rotation you completed during medical school.
For your information, California\'s licensing laws require each applicant to
complete 72 weeks of clinical training prior to graduating from medical
Of these 72 weeks, 40 weeks must be in specific core areas as follows: (our
calculation is based on a 32-hour week)
8 weeks Medicine 256 Hrs.
8 weeks Surgery 256 Hrs.
6 weeks Pediatrics 192 Hrs.
6 weeks OB/GYN 192 Hrs.
4 weeks Psychiatry* 128 Hrs.
4 weeks Family Medicine 128 Hrs.
4 weeks Additional Core Electives 128 Hrs.
32 weeks clinical electives
*For your information, California law requires a minimum of 128 hours (four
weeks) of undergraduate clinical training in psychiatry. However, we have
the discretion to accept 64 hours (two weeks) clinical training in undergraduate
psychiatry and 64 hours (two weeks) clinical training in undergraduate
neurology to meet the clinical psychiatry requirement.
For your information, California law requires a minimum of four weeks (128
hours) of undergraduate clinical training in family medicine for applicants
who graduated after May 1, 1998. If you completed the required four weeks (128
hours) of clinical training in family medicine, primary care, ambulatory
care, family practice, community medicine, social medicine or preventive medicine
during medical school, please request that your medical school provide
official documentation certifying your completion of at least 128 clinical hours in
one or more of the subjects noted above.
If you went to medical school in India, Community Medicine rotations cover
the Family Medicine requirements.
Send L1A-E ASAP because when they receive it, is when they start the time of
Have you medical college send L2, L5, Copy of Diploma, Copy of Transcript.
On the back of the copies of Diploma and Transcript have the following
written \"This is a true copy of the original\" and make sure the dean or
principal signs and seals right below the statement.
Fill out the forms completely. For clerkship forms (L5) I put both my
clerkship and internship dates on the form as I went to med school in India
where internship is required to graduate.
Sending PTAL to ECFMG for the MATCH
The following is copied from the ECFMG Website and can be accessed by
clicking on the following link. http://ecfmg.org/eras/documents.html#cali
Applicants to programs in California must submit the California Application
Status Letter, issued by the Medical Board of California, for scanning as
one of the letters of recommendation to programs located in California. This
letter verifies that the applicant\'s medical education has been reviewed
and approved as meeting California\'s licensing requirements.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan to apply to programs in California, you need to
obtain an Application Status Letter from the Medical Board of California, a
process that will take several months.
If you do not yet have your Application Status Letter, you need to let the
programs know that you are working to obtain one. To do this, list the
letter as one of your Letters of Recommendation (LoRs) for programs in
California. When you list the names of your letter writers in Documents,
include \"California Letter\" as one of your LoRs, instead of a letter writer\'
s name. In this case, you can assign up to three LoRs and the \"California
Letter\" to any program in California.
Once you receive the letter from the Medical Board of California, send a
copy to ERAS Support Services at ECFMG, accompanied by a completed ERAS
Document Submission Form. If you do not have the final letter yet, submit a
temporary document, such as the receipt issued by the Medical Board of
California or the \"Originals Returned\" letter that accompanied your returned
When you receive your final Application Status Letter, send a copy to ERAS
Support Services at ECFMG requesting that it replace the receipt issued by
the Medical Board of California or the \"Originals Returned\" letter. Please
list \"California Letter\" only once in MyERAS.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not create a second letter entry for your final letter.
There should be only one slot designated for the California Letter.
If you have any questions feel free to post here and I will answer as soon
Social Security Number Requirement
Many applicants have reported that a social security number is required to
apply for the PTAL. Here are some links for information on obtaining a
social security number if you do not have one.
I have found the sources for applying for SSN - Social Security Number which
is now a requirement to apply for PTAL in California.
Click here for SSN and Visa
Link to Download application Materials
It seems with certain visas you will be able to get a SSN. So do not give up
on the California Letter (PTAL) just yet.
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