The following information was provided by the Office of California State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord):
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla continues to forge a pathway for more California physicians with Assembly Bill 1838, which was unanimously approved by the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee.
AB 1838 allows graduates of accelerated and fully accredited medical education programs to become licensed physicians.
Current California law only allows a physician to be licensed after they complete a four year medical degree. With the extreme shortage of physicians and the increasing amounts of medical student debt, accelerated programs are an innovative and efficient response to both of these issues, without having negative effects on physician training and education.
“Not only do accelerated programs attend to the clear need for more California physicians and reducing student debt, but most importantly they do so without affecting the quality of health care that physicians will provide,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.