Commonly Used Acronyms

A list of common acronyms used in medical education and specifically at PNWU and the region.

AACOM - American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

AAFP - American Academy of Family Physicians

AAFP/F - American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation

AAMC - Association of American Medical Colleges

AACOMAS - American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service

ABFM - American Board of Family Medicine

ABMS - American Board of Medical Specialties

ACA - Affordable Care Act

ACCME - Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

ACF - Adjunct Clinical Faculty

ACH - Accountable Community of Health 

ACGME - Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

ACO - Accountable Care Organization

ACOFP - American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

ACSM - American College of Sports Medicine

ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support

ADFM - Association of Departments of Family Medicine

AFMA - Association of Family Medicine Administration

AFMRD - Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors

AHA - American Hospital Association

AHEC - Area Health Education Center

AHME - Association for Hospital Medical Education

AHRQ - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AMA - American Medical Association

AMGA - American Medical Group Association

AMSA - American Medical Student Association

AMWA  - American Medical Women’s Association

AOA -  American Osteopathic Association

AOA - Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

AOBFP - American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

AODME - Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators

APLE -  Applied Professional Learning Experience – umbrella term for ICP and ECE

BHH - Butler-Haney Hall – 200 University Parkway, Yakima, WA 98901

BHP - Bureau of Health Professions

BHPHC - Bureau of Primary Health Care

CAH - Critical Access Hospital

CAQ - Certificate of Added Qualifications

CFPC - College of Family Physicians of Canada

CIL - Clinical Integrated Learning – Used in all system courses (years one and two), CIL are designed for students to practice diagnosis and self-assess knowledge of treatment options for various disorders

CME - Continuing Medical Education

CME - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

COCA - Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation – the COCA serves the public by establishing, maintaining and applying accreditation standards and procedures to ensure that academic quality and continuous quality improvement delivered by the colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) reflect the evolving practice of osteopathic medicine. The scope of the COCA encompasses the accreditation of the COMs. The COCA is a branch of the AOA.

COGME - Council on Graduate Medical Education

COM - College of Osteopathic Medicine

COMAT - Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Achievement Test – Osteopathic distinctive subject examinations, developed by NBOME, taken by students following core clinical rotations.

COMLEX - Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination – developed by NBOME, level 1 is taken at the end of the second year of classes and level 2 is taken in the first six months of the fourth year.

COMSAE - Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Self-Assessment Examination – developed by BOME and used by students and residents to gauge the base of their knowledge and ability as they prepare to take a COMLEX examination.

CPT - Current Procedural Terminology

CQI - Continuous Quality Improvement

CSA - Clinical Skills Assessment

CSC - Cadwell Student Center – 3113 Inspiration Drive, Yakima, WA 98901

CSE - Clinical Skills Examination

CV - Curriculum Vitae

CVS - Credentialing Verification Process

DEA - Drug Enforcement Agency

DGME - Direct Graduate Education Funds

DME - Director of Medical Education

DO - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

DOH - Department of Health

DOL - Department of Licensing

DRG - Diagnostic Related Group

ECE - Early Clinical Experience – opportunities for learning within the domains of intellectual, practical, and empathic expertise through engagement in off-campus experiences in local health system and community health settings during years one and two of the osteopathic medicine program.

ECFMG - Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

EHR/EMR - Electronic Health/Medical Records

ERAS - Electronic Residency Application Service – developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), allows medical school students and graduates to apply electronically for first- and second-year (PGY-1 and PGY-2) residency positions in U.S. programs of graduate medical education (GME).

EVSP - Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program

FACOFP - Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

FCVS - Federation of Credentialing Verification Service

FGP - Faculty Group Practice

FFM - Future of Family Medicine

FMG/IMG - Foreign Medical Graduate/International Medical Graduate

FMLA - Family and Medical Leave Act

FMRNA - Family Medicine Residency Nurses Association

FPIG - Family Practice Interest Group

FPIN - Family Practice Information Network

FQHC - Federally Qualified Health Center

FREIDA - Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database

FSMB - Federation of State Medical Boards

GME - Graduate Medical Education – the period of medical training that follows graduation from medical school; commonly referred to as internship, residency, and fellowship training. GME is often interchanged with postdoctoral education.

GMEC - Family Medicine Education Committee

GMED - Graduate Medical Education Directory

GME Track - Graduate Medical Education Track/Census

HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act

HIT - Health Information Technology

HMO - Health Maintenance Organization

HPSA - Health Professional Shortage Area – an urban or rural area, a population group, or a public or nonprofit private medical facility determined to have a shortage of health professional as regulated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The three categories of HPSAs are Primary Care, Dental Health, and Mental Health.

HRSA - Health Resources and Services Administration

HSC - Health Sciences Center

ICD9 - International Classification of Diseases

ICP - Interprofessional Collaborative Practice – Professional from different disciplines working together with patients, families, and communities to deliver health care. (COCA, July 1, 2014)

IH - Iron Horse Lodge – 111 University Parkway, Yakima, WA 98901

IHS - Indian Health Service

IME - Indirect Medical Education payment (from Medicare)

IMG - International Medical Graduate

IOM - Institute of Medicine

IPE - Interprofessional Education

IRB  - Institutional Review Board – committee established to review and approve research involving human subjects. The purpose of the IRB is to ensure that all human subject research be conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines.

ITE - In-training Assessment Examination

JCAHO - Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

LCME - Liaison Committee on Medical Education

LOA - Letter of Agreement

LOI - Letter of Intent

KCMS - King County Medical Society

MAMS - Master of Arts in Medical Science – a one year Heritage University pipeline or bridge graduate degree program that offers students the opportunity to strengthen applications and demonstrate readiness for professional school. MAMS students learn alongside DO students in select courses.

MD - Medical Doctor (allopathic physician)

MGMA - Medical Group Management Association

MOC - Maintenance of Certification

MPIP - Medical Practice Income Plan

MSPE - Medical School Performance Evaluation – evaluates a medical student’s performance during his or her academic career relative to his or her peers and is submitted as part of the ERAS.

MUA/MUP - Medically Underserved Areas/Populations – a designation assigned and regulated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services. MUA is based in part on the number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) primary care physicians providing patient care in a particular service area. MUP is based on the number of FTE primary care physicians servicing a population group, typically those with economic barriers, or cultural and/or linguistic access barriers.

NAPCRG - North American Primary Care Research Group

NBME - National Board of Medical Examiners

NBOME - National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners

NCFMRMS - National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students

NHSC - National Health Service Corps

NI - New Innovations

NIPDD - National Institute of Program Directors Development

NMS - National Matching Services – assists with osteopathic internships and residencies in the US.

NPDB - National Practitioner Databank

NPI - National Provider Identifier

NRHA - National Rural Health Association

NRMP - National Resident Matching Service – a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 to provide a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education (GME) in the United States.

NRO - New Resident Orientation

NRP - Neonatal Resuscitation Program

NWCCU - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities – an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed

Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation or preaccreditation by a postsecondary regional accrediting agency qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.

NWOSTEO - Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation (located in Portland, OR)

OMM - Osteopathic Manual Manipulation (or Manipulative Medicine)

OMT - Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (or Treatment)

OMS - Osteopathic Medical Student (usually followed by the year in med school, i.e., OMSII is a student in his/her second year of med school)

OPP - Osteopathic Principles and Practice (the term usually used as the name for the course where OMM and/or OMT are taught and learned)

OPTI - Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute

ORR - Organization of Resident Representative

OSCE - The Objective Structured Clinical Exam – a form of performance-based testing used to measure a student’s clinical competence. During an OSCE, trainees are observed and evaluated as they go through a series of stations in which they interview, examine and treat standardized patients who present with some type of problem.

OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSR - Organization of Student Representatives

P4 - Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice

PCMH - Patient-centered Medical Home

PCORI - Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

PCPCC - Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

PCP - Primary Care Physician

PD - Program Director

PDW - Program Director Workshop

PECOS - Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System

PGY - Post Graduate Year

PHI - Protected health information

PHS - Public Health Service

PIF - Program Information Form

PLA - Program Letter of Agreement

PPO - Preferred Provider Organization

PSNHC - Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers

QI - Quality Improvement

RAP - Residency Assistance Program

RBRVU - Resource Based Relative Value Unit

RC-FM - Review Committee for Family Medicine

RPA - Resident Performance Assessment

RPS - Residency Program Solutions

RPS - Resident Portfolio System

RRC - Residency Review Committee

RTM - Resident Training Management

RVU - Relative Value Unit

SAA - Student Advocate Association

SAAO - Student American Academy of Osteopathy

SAS - Single Accreditation System – the ACGME and AOA have agreed to transition to one accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) by 2020.

SNMA - Student National Medical Association

SOIMA - Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association

SOM - School of Medicine

SOMA - Student Osteopathic Medical Association

SOAP Notes - Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan – method of documentation employed by health care providers to write out notes in a patient’s chart

SON - School of Nursing

SOSA - Student Osteopathic Surgical Association

STFM - Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

THC - Teaching Health Center

TIVRA - Teaching Health Center

TJC - The Joint Commission

UCC - University Conference Center – 3200 Inspiration Drive, Yakima, WA 98901

UME/UGME - Undergraduate Medical information

USMLE - United States Medical Licensing Examination

UWFMRN - University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network

VA - US Department of Veterans Affairs

VSAS - Visiting Student Application Service: The Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) is an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) application designed to make it easier for medical students to apply for senior electives at U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals. PNWU-COM students use this service for fourth year elective rotations.

WAFP - Washington Academy of Family Physicians – comprised of physicians who specialize in Family Medicine, residents in Family Medicine training programs, and medical students interested in the specialty.

Web-ADS - Web Accreditation Data Collection System

WHO - World Health Organization

WOMA - Washington Osteopathic Medical Association

WONCA - World Organization of Family Doctors

WSMA - Washington State Medical Association

WWAMI - WWAMI is an enduring partnership between the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. The UW Medicine School of Medicine maintains a Dean's Office in each of the five states. These offices oversee clinical medical education for the School of Medicine within their regions, providing support services for the local clerkships and students rotating among them. WWAMI focuses not only on medical students but on students in K-12, college students, medical school graduates in residency and physicians in community practice.

YCMS - Yakima County Medical Society

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