IMPORTANT: Effective January 1, 2020, the PTAL ("California Letter") will no longer be required to apply to a Medical Resdiency Program in California. 

Please read the following presentation: PTAL Changes

For graduates of non-U.S. medical schools, the path to obtaining licensure to practice medicine in the United States is formidable, involving the successful completion of many different steps. The UCLA IMG Program assists scholars in completing the following major components:

  • Passing the U.S. Medical License Examinations (the “USMLEs”);
  • Earning certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (“ECFMG Certification”)
  • Successfully applying to and navigating the National Resident Matching Program (“the Match")

Our program is designed to help our IMG scholars successfully pass each of these steps on a timeline that is tailored to each individual’s background, experience, and readiness for the examinations.