The People Medical List of Handy Acronyms

When we’re starting someone fresh to the industry, the Acronyms make their heads swirl! Here is a handy guide for you. It isn’t all inclusive but we will keep adding to it!  


Handy Acronyms!


AcronymMeaningOther References/Definitions/Notes
ACRRMAustralian College of Rural And Remote Medicine
ADGPAustralian Divisions of General Practice
AGPTAustralian General Practice Training
AHPRAAustralian Health Practitioners Registration Authority
AKTApplied knowledge test
AMAAustralian Medical Association
AMCAustralian Medical CouncilAn independent national standards body for medical education and training
AONArea Of Need
CPDContinuing professional development
CVCurriculum VitaeAlso known as a ‘Resume’
DWSDistrict of Workforce Shortage19AB, the “Moratorium”,
FACRRMFellowship of Australian College of Rural And Remote Medicine
FRACGPFellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
GP TraineeGP Registrar
GPRAGeneral Practice Registrars Australia
IMGInternational Medical Graduate
IPIndependent Pathway
KFPKey Feature Problems
MBBSBachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery
MMMModified Monash Model
OSCEObjective Structured Clinical Exam
OTDOverseas trained Doctor
PESCIPre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview
RACGPRoyal Australian College of General Practitioners
RDAARural Doctors Association of Australia
ROMPSRural Other Medical Practitioners Scheme
RPLRecognition of Prior Learning
RRMARural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas
RVTSRemote Vocational Training Scheme
VMOVisiting Medical Officer
VRVocationally RegisteredWhen someone has completed their fellowship exams and are a ‘Specialist’


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