Acronyms and Abbreviations in the Health Sciences

For doctor degree "post titles" (MD, DO, etc.), see Types of Doctorates.

For acronyms relating to minority programs, see Minority Programs.

ACGME Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
AACOM American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
AACOMAS American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service
AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges
AMA American Medical Association
AMCAS-E American Medical College Application Service - Electronic
AMSA American Medical Student Association
AP Advanced Placement credit
BCPM Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (used to calculate science GPA)
COMLEX-US Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (comparable to the three-part USMLE with similar schedules, but for students in osteopathic schools)
CBT MCAT Computer-based Medical College Admissions Test that is replacing the paper MCAT
ED Early Decision
EDP Early Decision Program
EFC Expected Family (financial) Contribution
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
GPA Grade Point Average (assumes a 4.0 scale)
GMAT Graduate Management Aptitude Test
GRE Graduate Record Examination
Green Card Immigration form for non-US citizen who is a permanent resident
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
INS Immigration and Naturalization Service
JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association
J.D. Juris doctor (law degree)
MBA Master of Business Administration
MCAT Medical College Admissions Test
M.P.H. Masters of Public Health
MSAR AAMC Medical School Admission Requirements
MSTP Medical Scientist Training Program
NBOME National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners
NIH National Institutes of Health
NRMP U.S. National Resident Matching Program
OMCI Osteopathic Medical College Information
PBL Problem-based learning
PRIMO Primary Care Resource Initiative - forgivable loan for MO residents into primary care
PS Physical Sciences Section of the MCAT
Sallie Mae Student Loan Marketing Association
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
USMLE - Step 1 U.S. Medical Licensing Examination - Step 1 Test of Biomedical Sciences at end of year two (score important in residency acceptance)
USMLE - Step 2 U.S. Medical Licensing Examination - Step 2 Test of Clinical Sciences
USMLE - Step 3 USMLE - Step 3 Application of Medical Knowledge and Patient Management
VR Verbal Reasoning Section of the MCAT
WS Writing Sample Section of the MCAT

Last additions: June 2006.


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