Medical Licensure Policy

A trainee must obtain a Postgraduate Training License (PTL) within 180 days after enrollment in a Board-approved postgraduate program.

After successful completion of 12 months of training, the trainee will apply for a full and unrestricted license with the Board within 90 days to continue practicing medicine in California.

In the event that licensure is not obtained, the trainee will be immediately suspended from the program. No credit for residency training will be given for the time under suspension.

Reinstatement to the program will require adequate documentation of licensure.

CA Medical Board Website:

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Certification Policy

Trainees are expected to obtain DEA certification after obtaining Postgraduate Training License (PTL). As a UCLA Trainee, you are eligible for a fee exemption for your DEA registration. Please note, an exempt fee DEA is only valid at the exempting institution and any affiliate hospital rotations within the scope of your training. An exempt fee DEA is not valid for moonlighting purposes.

To receive the fee exemption complete the DEA application on-line using the hospital address as follows:

UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Department Phone: (310) 206-9291
Department Fax: (310) 267-0369

The Certification for Fee Exemption box must be check in order to receive the fee exemption with the following information:

Certifying Official – Timothy Donahue, M.D., Program Director
Certifying Official Title – General Surgery Program Director
Certifying Official Phone – 310-206-9291
Certifying Official’s email – [email protected]

When you receive your DEA certificate, please provide a copy to the surgery education staff.  We will start your e-prescribing process.

DEA website: