Medical Residency in California

California specific initial medical license requirements

Medical Board of California requirements:
  • Minimum 3 years of postgraduate training. At least 4 months general medicine and 24 months continuously within the same program.
  • Maximum 4 attempts at USMLE Step 3. Or held license in another state 4 years. (California BPC § 2177, 2135.5)
  • Passing scores shall be valid for a period of 10 years from the month of the examination.
  • The acceptance of FCVS(Federation Credentials Verification Service) is limited.
Osteopathic Medical Board of California requirements:
  • 1 year of postgraduate training.
  • No limit for number of attempts on COMLEX
  • No time limit for COMLEX
  • The acceptance of FCVS is limited.

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Number of PGY-1 positions in California by specialty

Number of  positions by specialty in California based on PGY-1 main residency Match data

Percent MDs, DOs and IMGs filled PGY-1 during the main residency Match

Percent of MDs, DOs and IMGs in California by year

California PGY-1 main residency Match statistics

Year Positions Filled(%) MD DO IMGs
2021 3204 97.0 2219 (69%) 466 (14%) 407 (12%)
2020 3020 97.0 2168 (71%) 388 (12%) 364 (12%)
2019 2942 96.2 2143 (72%) 348 (11%) 336 (11%)
2018 2763 96.5 2121 (76%) 266 (9%) 279 (10%)
2017 2595 97.8 2066 (79%) 229 (8%) 240 (9%)

Number of PGY-2 positions in California by specialty

Number of  positions by specialty in California based on PGY-2 main residency Match data

Percent MDs, DOs and IMGs filled PGY-2 during the main residency Match

Percent of MDs, DOs and IMGs in California by year

California PGY-2 main residency Match statistics

Year Positions Filled(%) MD DO IMGs
2021 281 98.6 240 (85%) 17 (6%) 19 (6%)
2020 272 97.4 241 (88%) 13 (4%) 10 (3%)
2019 267 97.8 244 (91%) 10 (3%) 7 (2%)
2018 262 99.2 249 (95%) 2 (0.8%) 9 (3%)
2017 262 97.7 241 (91%) 6 (2%) 9 (3%)

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