List of abbreviations for medical organisations and personnel

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AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
AAAlcoholics Anonymous
AABBAABB, formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks
AACNAmerican Association of Critical-Care Nurses
AADAmerican Association of Dermatology
AADGPAmerican Academy of Dental Group Practice
AAFPAmerican Academy of Family Physicians
AAINAmerican Academy of Industrial Nurses
AANAmerican Academy of Nursing
AAOAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology
AAOAmerican Academy of Optometry
AAOSAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
AAPAmerican Academy of Pediatrics
ABEMAmerican Board of Emergency Medicine
ABMSAmerican Board of Medical Specialties
ACCPAmerican College of Chest Physicians
ACEPAmerican College of Emergency Physicians
ACGMEAccreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
ACOGAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
ACPAdvanced Care Paramedic (Canada)
ACRAmerican College of Radiology
ACRAmerican College of Rheumatology
ACSAmerican Cancer Society
ACPAmerican College of Physicians
ACSAmerican College of Surgeons
ADAAmerican Dental Association
ADAAmerican Diabetes Association
AGDAcademy of General Dentistry
AHAAmerican Heart Association
AMAAmerican Medical Association
AMAAustralian Medical Association
AMSAAmerican Medical Student Association
ANAAmerican Nurses Association
ANDAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association)
ANFAustralian Nursing Federation
ANNAAmerican Nephrology Nurses' Association
AOAAmerican Optometric Association
AOAAustralian Orthopaedic Association
AOAAmerican Osteopathic Association
AOBEMAmerican Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine
AORNAssociation of Perioperative Registered Nurses
APGARAmerican Pediatric Gross Assessment Record (a backronym)
APAAmerican Psychiatric Association
APNAdvanced practice nurse
ARAAmerican Rheumatological Association
ARRTAmerican Registry of Radiologic Technologists
ASCEPTAustralasian Society of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists
ASCPAmerican Society for Clinical Pathology
ASCPAmerican Society of Consultant Pharmacists
ASHAAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASLAmerican sign language
ASMIAustralian Self-Medication Industry
ASMSOAmerican Society of Medication Safety Officers
ASPSAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons
ASRTAmerican Society of Radiologic Technologists
ASSHAmerican Society for Surgery of the Hand
AWHONNAssociation of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
BMABritish Medical Association
BAAPSBritish Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
BNFBritish National Formulary


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
CADCanadian Association of the Deaf
CAEPCanadian Association of Emergency Physicians
CAGCanadian Association of Gerontology
CAMTCanadian Association of Music Therapy
CAMTSCommission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
CAOChronic airway obstruction
CAOCanadian Association of Optometrists
CAOTCanadian Association of Occupational Therapists
CAPCanadian Association of Physicists
CAPCollege of American Pathologists
CARCanadian Association of Radiologists
CASLPACanadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
CASLPOCollege of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario
CCOHSCanadian Centre for Occupational Health
CCRNCertification for adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care nurses
CCSCanadian Cardiovascular Society
CDAACCommunicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada
CDCCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
CfWICentre for Workforce Intelligence
CESMACouncil for European Specialist Medical Assessments
CKDChronic kidney disease
CMACanadian Medical Association
CMACertified medical assistant
CMSCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services
COTA(A)Council on the Ageing (Australia)
CPhTCertified pharmacy technician
CPMCertified Professional Midwife
CPMEStanding Committee of European Doctors
CRDCentre for Reviews and Dissemination
CRNCertified radiology nurse
CRNACertified registered nurse anesthetist
CRTCertified respiratory therapists – Respiratory therapy
CRTTCertified Respiratory Therapy Technicians – Respiratory therapy
CTRSCertified therapeutic recreation specialist – Recreation therapy or Therapeutic recreation
CSACertified surgical assistant


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
DDSDoctor of Dental Surgery
DIDigital Imaging Technologist
DMDDoctor of Dental Medicine
DNPDoctor of Nursing Practice
DODoctor of Osteopathic Medicine
DoHDepartment of Health (various countries)


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
EMSEmergency medical services
EMTEmergency medical technician
EMT-BEmergency Medical Technician- Basic(OLD)
EMT-IEmergency Medical Technician- Intermediate(OLD)
EMT-PEmergency Medical Technician- Paramedic(OLD)
ENEnrolled nurse (AU) – See Licensed practical nurse
ESRDEnd Stage Renal Disease (US Federal Program)


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
FDAFood and Drug Administration
FHOFoundation house officer
FIGOInternational Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
FRCPFellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK)


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
GDCGeneral Dental Council (UK)
GMCGeneral Medical Council (UK)
GMSGeneral medical services medical services provided by GPs (UK)
GPGeneral practitioner
GPhCGeneral Pharmaceutical Council (UK)
GMAGlobal Medical Association


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
HCHealth Canada
HEMSHelicopter Emergency Medical Service
HSEHealth Service Executive (Ireland)


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
IASPInternational Association for the Study of Pain
IAMMSIbn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences
IBCLCInternational Board Certified Lactation Consultant
IFMSAInternational Federation of Medical Students' Associations
IMDInstitution for Mental Disease
IMFIrish Medicines Formulary
IMOIrish Medical Organisation
INHSInland Northwest Health Services
ISMPInstitute for Safe Medication Practices


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
JAMAJournal of the American Medical Association
JAOAJournal of the American Osteopathic Association
JCJoint Commission, previously JCAHO


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
LALaboratory aide or assistant
LMSSALicentiate in Medicine and Surgery of the Society of Apothecaries
LMTLicensed massage therapist
LPNLicensed practical nurse
LSALicensed surgical assistant
LVNLicensed vocational nurse – see licensed practical nurse


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
MASHMobile army surgical hospital (US)
MedPACMedicare Payment Advisory Commission
MDDoctor of Medicine
MLAMedical laboratory assistant
MTMedical technologist
MLTMedical laboratory technician
MRCPMembership of the Royal College of Physicians
MRTMedical radiation technologist
MPMedical psychologist
MSOSMedication Safety Officers Society


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
NANarcotics Anonymous
NAACLSNational accrediting agency for clinical laboratory science
NCANational credentialing agency for laboratory personnel
NCTMBNationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork
NEJMNew England Journal of Medicine
NHCNephrology Hypertension Clinic, P.C
NHSNational Health Service
NICENational Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
NKCNorthwest Kidney Centers
NKFNational Kidney Foundation
NYHANew York Heart Association
NPSNational Prescribing Service (Australia)
NPSANational Pharmaceutical Services Association
NREMTNational Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians(ORG)
NREMRNational Registry Emergency Medical First Responder (NREMR)
NREMTNational Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT)
NRAEMTNational Registry Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (NRAEMT)
NRPNational Registry Paramedic


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
ODDoctor of Optometry
ONGOrthodontic National Group
OTAOrthodontic Technicians Association


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
PAPhysician assistant or pathologist assistant
PACCertified Physician assistant or pathologist assistant
PCTPrimary Care Trust (UK)
PGNZPharmaceutical Guild Of New Zealand
PHARMPharmaceutical Health and Rational Use of Medicines (Australia)
Pharm.DDoctor of Pharmacy
PMSPersonal Medical Services alternative contract for UK GPs
PRHOPre-registration house officer (UK)
PSNZPharmaceutical Society Of New Zealand


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
RARadiologist's assistant
RACPRoyal Australasian College of Physicians
RACSRoyal Australasian College of Surgeons
RCGPRoyal College of General Practitioners
RCMRoyal College of Midwives
RCNRoyal College of Nursing
RCOGRoyal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
RCPRoyal College of Pathologists
RCPRoyal College of Physicians
RCPARoyal College of Pathologists of Australasia
RCSRoyal College of Surgeons (England)
RCSIRoyal College of Surgeons in Ireland
RMARegistered medical assistant
RNRegistered nurse
R.PhRegistered pharmacist
RPhTRegistered pharmacy technician
RPNRegistered practical nurse — See Licensed practical nurse
RPNRegistered psychiatric nurse
RPSRoyal Pharmaceutical Society
RRTRegistered Respiratory Therapist - Respiratory therapy
RSNRenal support network
RTRadiologic technologist
RTRespiratory therapist – Respiratory therapy


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
SENState Enrolled Nurse (UK) – See Licensed Practical Nurse
SHOSenior house officer (UK)
SIGNScottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (similar to the English NICE)
SNStudent nurse
SOMAStudent Osteopathic Medical Association
STFMSociety of Teachers of Family Medicine
SpRSpecialist registrar (UK)
SLPSpeech-language pathologist


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
UDCUniversity Disability Consortium
UEMSUnion Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes
UKPDSUnited Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study
UNOSUnited Network for Organ Sharing
USMLEUnited States Medical Licensing Examination


AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
VAVeterans Administration – United States Department of Veterans Affairs



AbbreviationOrganization or personnel
WHOWorld Health Organization
WMAWorld Medical Association