Medical board gives priority licensing review to physicians practicing in underserved areas

September 02, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Access to Care Licensing & Regulatory Issues Medical Board of California 

The Medical Board of California will give priority review and processing of license applications to any physician who has received or accepted an offer of employment to work in an area of California designated as underserved.

In order to be considered for this process, applicants need to submit the initial application forms, fingerprint cards (out-of-state applicants) or Live Scan (California applicants), application fees, primary source documents and supporting documents. Physicians also need to supply the additional documentation:


  • An original signed and dated letter from the applicant to the medical board confirming acceptance of employment in California to provide medical services to a formally-designated underserved area and /or population.
  • An original signed and dated letter from the prospective employer confirming the offer of employment.
  • Documentation confirming the facility is in an underserved area or serves an underserved population or medical specialty from the California Department of Public Health, California Office of Statewide Health and planning Development, California Health Professions Education Foundation, California Department of Health Care Services or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


For more information, click here.

Contact: Mark Seidl, (916) 274-6103 or Mark.Seidl@mbc.ca.gov.



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