SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads. Last week, I communicated via e-mail with the California Medical Board regarding the licensure of graduates from Philippine Medical Schools. I was advised that if I attend a Philippine medical school, I should complete a 5th year of rotations at places affiliated with the medical school I choose to attend. This is because the amount of clinical hours provided during rotations in Philippine med schools will not be enough to give me the required amount of clinical rotation hours needed for California licensure. I understand that most medical schools in the Philippines are 4 years long with the exception of UP-PGH and St.Lukes. I did e-mail the California medical board again to see if they could clarify what they meant by taking a 5th year. Has anyone heard of or had experiences with needing to complete an [extra] 5th year of medical school rotations for purposes of meeting California licensure?