Wellness, Safety, and Support

The GME Team views resident wellness as a top priority and encourages residents to practice self care by taking advantage of the many resources available to the UCLA community. 

DGSOM resident with a puppy

Certification and Licensure

Physicians practicing in a federal or state facility that are required to obtain an individual DEA registration are exempt from paying the DEA registration fee (Section 1301.21 of Title 21, Exemption from fees). Please fill out the online application.

Access online application 


For house staff who receive mail in the UCLA Medical Center House Staff Mail Room, Room B711 RRUCLA Medical Center is to be used as the campus address. All others should use their department address.

UCLA Medical Center, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

  Registration Classification
  • Mark the box indicating 'Practitioner' and add 'M.D.' or D.D.S.' as appropriate.
  • Do NOT check the box for order forms.
  • This is NOT for prescriptions.
Certification for Fee Exemption

To be completed by the applicant's program director or department chair.

Licensure Policy

Residents will be required to sign a statement at the time of appointment, acknowledging that they understand and will comply with the UCLA GME Medical Licensure Policy (Revised February 2022). 

Read the Medical Licensure Policy 


Residents and fellows will be notified when they commence training that their appointment will be contingent upon compliance with California physician licensure requirements.

Residents and fellows who fail to meet California physician licensure requirements by the start date of their training program will not be appointed. For trainees enrolled in ACGME accredited programs at UCLA, failure to comply with California physician licensure requirements will result in administrative action per the Academic Due Process Policy.

Read the Academic Due Process Policy (PDF) 

Training programs are required to notify the California Medical Board or Osteopathic Board in the event of a change in status for trainees working under a PTL within 30 days of the event, including but not limited to resignation, termination, or any disruption in training.

All residents and fellows who participate in Post-Graduate training in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited programs must comply with State of California Physician Licensure requirements. 

California Medical Board Licensing Requirements

Osteopathic Medical Board Licensing Requirements

Read UCLA GME's Licensing Exam Policy 

USMLE STEP 1 & 2/COMLEX Level 1 & 2

  • Incoming PGY 1 residents are required to take and pass the first two steps of the applicable Licensing Exam, either USMLE or COMLEX, to be eligible for employment at UCLA.
  • Trainees starting at the PGY 2 level from an outside institution must pass all three steps of the Licensing Exam prior to the start of training at UCLA.


Failure to pass all steps of the US Medical Licensing Exam and obtain a full and unrestricted Medical License in accordance with Medical Board Licensing regulations will result in automatic suspension in accordance with the Academic Due Process Policy.

Read the Academic Due Process Policy (PDF) 


Academic and Career Development

UCLA Medical School Student Doctor Providing Patient Care to Mother With Baby on Lap

Excellence in Teaching With Humanism Award

Learn more about the Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Award and past award winners.

See Award Winners