People Medical’s List of Handy Acronyms

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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 Practitioner Regulation Agency
AKTApplied Knowledge Test 
AMAAustralian Medical Association 
AMCAustralian Medical CouncilAn independent national standards body for medical education and training
AONArea Of Need
CCEClinical Competency ExamFormerly OSCE
CPDContinuing Professional Development
CVCurriculum VitaeAlso known as a ‘Resume’
DWSDistrict of Workforce Shortage19AB, the “Moratorium”
FACRRMFellowship of Australian College of Rural And Remote Medicine 
FSPFellowship Support Program
FRACGPFellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 
GP TraineeGP Registrar 
GPRAGeneral Practice Registrars Australia 
IMEInstitute of Medical Education
IMGInternational Medical Graduate 
IPIndependent Pathway 
KFPKey Feature Problem 
MBBSBachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery 
MMMModified Monash Model 
OSCEObjective Structured Clinical ExamNow CCE
OTDOverseas Trained Doctor 
PESCIPre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview
RACGPRoyal Australian College of General Practitioners
RDAARural Doctors Association of Australia
RGTSRural Generalist Training Scheme
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’

Got more acronyms? Email to have yours added!

Note: The information presented above has been updated as of 2023-09-12.

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Here at People Medical Consulting, we have a passion for guiding medical practitioners through their career pathways to Australia. We have extensive experience in assisting medical facilities in recruiting doctors from local and overseas who will best suit their requirements.

We provide Document Assistance for those requiring support for their PESCI with IME, ACRRM or RACGP, registration and all other mandatory AHPRA requirements, fellowship program related forms and letters, application for Medicare provider and prescriber numbers, application for 19AB or 19AA exemptions and preparation of employment documents.

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