Medical Licensure Policy
A postgraduate training license (PTL) must be obtained from the Medical Board of California (Board) within 180 days after enrollment in an Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited postgraduate training program in California. The PTL will be valid until 90 days after a resident has received 12 months credit of Board-approved postgraduate training for graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada or 24 months of Board-approved postgraduate training for graduates of international medical schools approved under Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 2084, after which a full and unrestricted physician’s and surgeon’s certificate must be obtained in order to continue practicing medicine in California.A trainee must obtain a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) within 180 days after enrollment in a Board-approved postgraduate program and would be valid until 90 days after the trainee has completed the required thirty-six (36) months of training.
In the event that licensure is not obtained, the trainee will be immediately suspended from the program. No credit for residency training will be given for the time under suspension.
Reinstatement to the program will require adequate documentation of licensure.
CA Medical Board Website: http://www.mbc.ca.gov/
UCLA GME (California Medical License): https://medschool.ucla.edu/gme-california-medical-license
Drug Enforement Agency (DEA) Certification Policy
Trainees are expected to obtain DEA certification after obtaining Postgraduate Training License (PTL). As a UCLA Trainee, you are eligible for a fee exemption for your DEA registration. Please note, an exempt fee DEA is only valid at the exempting institution and any affiliate hospital rotations within the scope of your training. An exempt fee DEA is not valid for moonlighting purposes.
To receive the fee exemption complete the DEA application on-line using the hospital address as follows:
UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Department Phone: (310) 206-9291
Department Fax: (310)267-0369
The Certification for Fee Exemption box must be check in order to receive the fee exemption with the following information:
Certifying Official – Timothy Donahue, M.D., Program Director
Certifying Official Title – General Surgery Program Director
Certifying Official Phone – 310-206-9291
Certifying Official’s email – email@example.com
When you receive your DEA certificate, please provide a copy to the surgery education staff. We will start your e-prescribing process.