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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

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Can retired physicians without an active license volunteer?

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Under normal circumstances, individuals who do not have an active medical license cannot volunteer to practice medicine. Governor Newsom has, however, created a path for retired physicians to volunteer during the COVID-19 public health emergency. On March 30, 2020, Gov. Newsom issued an executive order directing the Department of Consumer Affairs to work with health care licensing boards to develop a process to quickly reinstate active licenses for licensees with inactive and retired licenses who wish to provide care during the declared emergency. The waiver applies to a license in retired, inactive or canceled status, and has been in such status no longer than five years. Individuals interested in bringing their license back to active status should contact the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. 

Any physician who wishes to volunteer is encouraged to sign up for California Health Corps. There are also opportunities for physicians without an active licenses to serve as a remote coach to provide emotional support to physician colleagues impacted by COVID-19 (training provided).

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