Starting in 2020, licensing rules for MDs in California will change. Instead of being eligible for state medical board certification after completion of intern year, new MDs will have to complete 3 years of residency training in order to apply for a full license.
I am having trouble seeing this change in anything other than negative terms. First, this rule only applies to MDs. As far as I can tell, some providers such as NPs will still be able to obtain full prescribing privileges immediately after completing their graduate programs.
Second, this would prevent MDs who decide not to continue with residency past intern year from obtaining prescribing privileges. Before, MD's with an intern year completed could choose to pursue other career paths, while retaining the ability to work part time in something like urgent care to help pay off loans or on a volunteer basis. This will no longer be possible without 3 total years of post-graduate training.
Just wondering what others think about this change.
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