Medical School Acronyms

The following is a compiled list of medical school acronyms used by premedical students and medical students. These acronyms are commonly seen when students discuss the medical school application process and should serve as a guide for those new to the premed scene.

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ACRONYM DEFINITION
AA  Affirmative action
AACOM  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
AACOMAS  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service
AAMC  Association of American Medical Colleges
ACLS  Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ADCOM  Admission Committee
AHMA  American Holistic Medical Association
AMA  American Medical Association
AMA-MSS  American Medical Association – Medical Student Section
AMCAS  American Medical College Application Service
AMSA  American Medical Student Association
AO  All Others –GPA of classes not included in BCMP
AOA  American Osteopathic Association
AP  Advanced Placement
AWPA  Acceptance when place available
BA/MD  A combined program for a Bachelors of Arts and Doctor of Medicine degree
BCPM  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics
BLS  Basic Life Support
BS/MD  A combined program for a Bachelors of Sciences and Doctor of Medicine degree
CAM  Complementary and alternative medicine
CC  Community college
CME  Continuing Medical Education
CNA  Certified nurse assistant
CNM  Certified Nurse-Midwife
COMLEX  Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination
CPR  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CRNA  Certified registered nurse anesthetist
CSS  College Scholarship Service
DDS  Doctor of Dental Surgery
DMD  Doctor of Dental Medicine
DNP  Doctor of Nursing Practice
DO  Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
DOP  Director of Pharmacy
DPM  Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
DPT  Doctor of Physical Therapy
DVM  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
EC  Extracurricular activities
ECFMG  Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
EDP  Early Decision Program
ED  Emergency Department
EM  Emergency Medicine
EMS  Emergency Medical Services
EMT  Emergency Medical Technician
EMT-B  Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
EMT-I  Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate
EMT-P  Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
ENT  Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
ER  Emergency Room
ERAS  Electronic Residency Application System
FAFSA  Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FMG  Foreign Medical Graduate
GMAT  Graduated Management Admission Test
GPA  Grade Point Average
GRE  Graduate Record Examination
HCP  Health Care Provider
HPAC  Health Professions Advisory Committee
IMG  International Medical Graduate
IM  Internal Medicine
IRS  Internal Revenue Service
IS  In-state
JAMA  Journal of the American Medical Association
JCAHO  Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
LCME  Liaison Committee on Medical Education
LCSW  Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LOE  Letters of Evaluation
LOI  Letter of intent/interest
LOR  Letter of recommendation
MBA  Master of Business Administration
MCAT  Medical College Admissions Test
MD  Doctor of Medicine (Allopathic)
MD/PHD  Combined Doctor of Medicine and PhD. program
MHA  Masters of Healthcare Administration
MPH  Master of Public Health
MS I, II, III or IV  Medical student year 1,2,3 or 4
MSAR  Medical School Admission Requirements
NAAHP  National Association of Advisers for the Health Professions
NBME  National Board of Medical Examiners
NBOME  National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners
NICU  Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NP  Nurse Practitioner
NRMP  National Resident Matching Program
OA  Overall Grade Point Average
OOS  Out-of-state
OR  Operating Room
OTD  Doctor of Occupational Therapy
PA  Physician Assistant
PGY1  Intern year
PhD  Doctor of Philosophy
PICU  Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
PRN  As needed
PS  Personal Statement
PsyD  Doctor of Psychology
RD  Resident Director
RN  Registered Nurse
ROAD  Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, Dermatology
RRC  Residency Review Committee
SICU  Surgical Intensive Care Unit
SMDEP  Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
SMP  Special Masters Program
TMDSAS  Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service
TOEFL  Test of English as a Foreign Language
URM  Under-represented Minority
USMLE  United States Medical Licensing Examination
WICHE  Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
WWAMI  Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho

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