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Old 09-24-2014
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Hi guys,, I just wanted to know if California is IMG friendly for internal medicine?
I heard there's a certain exam you do after the usmle if you apply for California???! And btw my medical school is not listed in the accredited medical schools list of the country I study in at the california medical board website!! Although we are listed in the ECFMG and I know a couple of our graduates matched in USA but not in California!!
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Old 09-24-2014
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for residency in California, you need to be in possession of a Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL).

most programs require it before they will even consider you for an interview, it took me aobut 5 months to obtain it, so if your plan was for California residency this season, it will likely not happen, I don't want to discourage you, but interviews will probably be given out before you have PTAL in hand.

for more info, fill out application, btw it costs an additional $500 or so to obtain a PTAL

best of luck!
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Old 09-25-2014
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From what I hear, Cali is more competitive than a lot of states- I have heard of people matching there though, but it's probably better to apply everywhere in the United States just to be safe.
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