Can a foreign medical graduate practice in California and/or Texas?

I am a foreign medical student from the US and want to come back eventually to practice here? I know certain states require USMLE exams for residency or internships, etc. After all of the exams required I was wondering if I could practice in Califronia and/or Texas. I have heard that because I will be a foreign graduate it will be harder than other states to practice there. If you could please give me the law stating whether I can or cant, or just telling me will be fine. Thank You!

FMGs in California must do a residency even if they were fully qualified physicians in the country they came from. There are teaching hospitals which gladly accept FMGs, such as Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC+USC).
I suggest you apply for residency at several large teaching hospitals where you eventually want to settle. The ones that are hard to staff will love to have you (i.e., not UCLA, Stanford, etc).



  • FMGs in California must do a residency even if they were fully qualified physicians in the country they came from. There are teaching hospitals which gladly accept FMGs, such as Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC+USC).
    I suggest you apply for residency at several large teaching hospitals where you eventually want to settle. The ones that are hard to staff will love to have you (i.e., not UCLA, Stanford, etc).References : I worked with loads of FMGs at LAC+USC.


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