CHA News Article

Medical Board Gives Priority Licensing Review to Physicians Practicing in Underserved Areas

The Medical Board of California will give priority review and processing of license applications to physicians who have received or accepted an offer to work in an area of the state designated as underserved. To be considered for the priority process, applicants should submit the initial application forms and fees, fingerprint cards (out-of-state applicants) or Live Scan (California applicants), primary source documents and supporting documents, in addition to:

  • 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 employment offer.
  • Documentation confirming the facility is in an underserved area or serves an underserved population or medical specialty. The documentation should be from the California Department of Public Health, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and 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, visit the Medical Board of California website.