List of abbreviations for medical organisations and personnel

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Abbreviation Organization or personnel
AA Alcoholics Anonymous
AABB AABB, formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks
AACN American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
AAD American Association of Dermatology
AADGP American Academy of Dental Group Practice
AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians
AAIN American Academy of Industrial Nurses
AAMC Australian Army Medical Corps
AAN American Academy of Nursing
AANS Australian Army Nursing Service
AAO American Academy of Ophthalmology
AAO American Academy of Optometry
AAOS American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
AAP American Academy of Pediatrics
ABEM American Board of Emergency Medicine
ABMS American Board of Medical Specialties
ACCP American College of Chest Physicians
ACEP American College of Emergency Physicians
ACMPH American College of Military Public Health
ACGME Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
ACOG American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
ACP Advanced Care Paramedic (Canada)
ACR American College of Radiology
ACR American College of Rheumatology
ACS American Cancer Society
ACP American College of Physicians
ACS American College of Surgeons
ADA American Dental Association
ADA American Diabetes Association
AGD Academy of General Dentistry
AHA American Heart Association
AIEOP Associazione Italiana Ematologia Oncologia Pediatrica (Italian association to study pediatric oncology)
AMA American Medical Association
AMA Australian Medical Association
AMSA American Medical Student Association
ANA American Nurses Association
AND Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association)
ANF Australian Nursing Federation
ANNA American Nephrology Nurses' Association
AOA American Optometric Association
AOA Australian Orthopaedic Association
AOA American Osteopathic Association
AOBEM American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine
AORN Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses
APGAR American Pediatric Gross Assessment Record (a backronym)
APA American Psychiatric Association
APN Advanced practice nurse
ARA American Rheumatological Association
ARRT American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
ASCEPT Australasian Society of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists
ASCP American Society for Clinical Pathology
ASCP American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
ASHA American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASMI Australian Self-Medication Industry
ASMSO American Society of Medication Safety Officers
ASPS American Society of Plastic Surgeons
ASRT American Society of Radiologic Technologists
ASTRO ASTRO (American Society for Radiation Oncology)
ASSH American Society for Surgery of the Hand
AWHONN Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
BMA British Medical Association
BAAPS British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
BNF British National Formulary


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
CAD Canadian Association of the Deaf
CAEP Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
CAG Canadian Association of Gerontology
CAMT Canadian Association of Music Therapy
CAMTS Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
CAO Canadian Association of Optometrists
CAOT Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
CAP Canadian Association of Physicists
CAP College of American Pathologists
CAR Canadian Association of Radiologists
CASLPA Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
CASLPO College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario
CCG Children's Cancer Group
CCOHS Canadian Centre for Occupational Health
CCRN Certification for adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care nurses
CCS Canadian Cardiovascular Society
CDAAC Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CfWI Centre for Workforce Intelligence
CESMA Council for European Specialist Medical Assessments
CHT Certified Hand Therapist
CMA Canadian Medical Association
CMA Certified medical assistant
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CNA Certified Nursing Assistant
COG Children's Oncology Group]]
COTA(A) Council on the Ageing (Australia)
CPhT Certified pharmacy technician
CPM Certified Professional Midwife
CPME Standing Committee of European Doctors
CRD Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
CRN Certified radiology nurse
CRNA Certified registered nurse anesthetist
CRT Certified respiratory therapists – Respiratory therapy
CRT Certified Radiologic Technologist – California License
CRTT Certified Respiratory Therapy Technicians – Respiratory therapy
CTRS Certified therapeutic recreation specialist – Recreation therapy or Therapeutic recreation
CSA Certified surgical assistant
CST Certified Surgical Technologist
CWS cooperative weichteilsarkomen study (German soft tissue sarcoma cooperative group)


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
DC Doctor of Chiropractic
DDS Doctor of Dental Surgery
DG Doctor of the Gnarly
DI Digital Imaging Technologist
DMD Doctor of Dental Medicine
DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice
DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
DoH Department of Health (various countries)
DNB Diplomate of National Board India
DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy
DPM Doctor of Podiatric Medicine


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
EMA European Medicines Agency
EMS Emergency medical services
EMT Emergency medical technician
EMT-B Emergency Medical Technician - Basic(OLD)
EMT-I Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate (OLD)
EMT-P Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (OLD)
EN Enrolled nurse (AU) – See Licensed practical nurse
EORTC European Organization for Research Treatment in Cancer
EpSSG European paediatric soft tissue sarcoma study group
ESRD End Stage Renal Disease Program


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FACE Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology
FHO Foundation house officer
FIGO International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
FNP Family Nurse Practitioner
FRCP Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK)
FVRS Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
GDC General Dental Council (UK)
GMC General Medical Council (UK)
GMS General medical services medical services provided by GPs (UK)
GP General practitioner
GPhC General Pharmaceutical Council (UK)


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
HC Health Canada
HEMS Helicopter Emergency Medical Service
HPCSA Health Professions Council of South Africa
HSE Health Service Executive (Ireland)


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
IASP International Association for the Study of Pain
IAMMS Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences
IBCLC International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
ICG Italian Cooperative Group
IFMSA International Federation of Medical Students' Associations
IMD Institution for Mental Disease
IMF Irish Medicines Formulary
IMO Irish Medical Organisation
INHS Inland Northwest Health Services
ISMP Institute for Safe Medication Practices


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association
JAOA Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
JC Joint Commission, previously JCAHO


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
LA Laboratory aide or assistant
LMSSA Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery of the Society of Apothecaries
LMT Licensed massage therapist
LPN Licensed practical nurse
LSA Licensed surgical assistant
LVN Licensed vocational nurse – see licensed practical nurse


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
MASH Mobile army surgical hospital (US)
MedPAC Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
MD Doctor of Medicine
MLA Medical laboratory assistant
MT Medical technologist
MLT Medical laboratory technician
MNAMS [Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences] India
MRCP Membership of the Royal College of Physicians
MRCS Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons
MRT Medical radiation technologist
MP Medical psychologist
MSOS Medication Safety Officers Society
MSPT Master of Science in Physical Therapy


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
NA Narcotics Anonymous
NAACLS National accrediting agency for clinical laboratory science
NCA National credentialing agency for laboratory personnel
NCI National Cancer Institute
NCTMB Nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork
NEJM New England Journal of Medicine
NHC Nephrology Hypertension Clinic, P.C
NHS National Health Service
NICE National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
NKC Northwest Kidney Centers
NKF National Kidney Foundation
NYHA New York Heart Association
NPS National Prescribing Service (Australia)
NPSA National Pharmaceutical Services Association
NREMT National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians(ORG)
NREMR National Registry Emergency Medical First Responder (NREMR)
NREMT National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT)
NRAEMT National Registry Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (NRAEMT)
NRP National Registry Paramedic


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
OD Doctor of Optometry
ONG Orthodontic National Group
OTA Orthodontic Technicians Association
OTR Occupational Therapist Registered


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
PA Physician assistant or pathologist assistant
PAC Certified Physician assistant or pathologist assistant
CPT Phlebotomist
PCT Primary Care Trust (UK)
PGNZ Pharmaceutical Guild Of New Zealand
PHARM Pharmaceutical Health and Rational Use of Medicines (Australia)
Pharm.D Doctor of Pharmacy
PMS Personal Medical Services alternative contract for UK GPs
POG Pediatric Oncology Group
PRHO Pre-registration house officer (UK)
PSNZ Pharmaceutical Society Of New Zealand


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
RA Radiologist's assistant
RACP Royal Australasian College of Physicians
RACS Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
RCGP Royal College of General Practitioners
RCIS Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
RCS Registered Cardiovascular Specialist
RCM Royal College of Midwives
RCN Royal College of Nursing
RCOG Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
RCP Royal College of Pathologists
RCP Royal College of Physicians
RCPA Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
RCS Royal College of Surgeons (England)
RCSI Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
RMA Registered medical assistant
RN Registered nurse
R.Ph Registered pharmacist
RPhT Registered pharmacy technician
RPN Registered practical nurse — See Licensed practical nurse
RPN Registered psychiatric nurse
RPS Royal Pharmaceutical Society
RRT Registered Respiratory Therapist - Respiratory therapy
RSN Renal support network
RT Radiologic technologist
RT Respiratory therapist – Respiratory therapy


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
SCOAP Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program
SEN State Enrolled Nurse (UK) – See Licensed Practical Nurse
SHO Senior house officer (UK)
SIGN Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN and NICE are major centers of CPG development)
SIOP International Society of Paediatric Oncology
SN Student nurse
SOMA Student Osteopathic Medical Association
STFM Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
STSC Soft tissue sarcoma committee
SpR Specialist registrar (UK)
SLP Speech-language pathologist


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
UDC University Disability Consortium
UEMS Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes
UKPDS United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study
UNOS United Network for Organ Sharing
USMLE United States Medical Licensing Examination


Abbreviation Organization or personnel
VA Veterans Administration – United States Department of Veterans Affairs



Abbreviation Organization or personnel
WHO World Health Organization
WMA World Medical Association