Please find below a list of acronyms commonly encountered in graduate medical education, along with their meanings.

AAMC: Association of American Medical Colleges

ABIM: American Board of Internal Medicine

ACCME: Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

ACGME: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

ACLS: Advance Cardiac Life Support Certification

ADS: Accreditation Data System

AHA: American Hospital Association

AHEC: Area Health Education Centers

AMA: American Medical Association 

AMA/CME: American Medical Association – Council on Medical Education

ATLS: Advanced Trauma Life Support Certification

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

CME: Continuing Medical Education


DIO: Designated Institutional Official (Dean of GME)

DO: Doctor of Osteopathy (serves same role as MD)

JCAHO/JC: Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (Now called Joint Commission, not JCAHO)

ECFMG: Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

ERAS: Electronic Resident Application System

FREIDA:Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database

FSMB Federation of State Medical Boards

GME: Graduate Medical Education

HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

IMG: International Medical Graduate or FMG (Foreign Medical Graduate)

IRB: Institutional Review Board

IRC: Internal Review Committeeor Institutional Review Committee

ITE: In-Training Exam

LCME: Liaison Committee on Medical Education

NBME: National Board of Medical Examiners

NRP: Neonatal Resuscitation Program

OMB: Oregon Medical Board

OCA: Off Campus Authorization

PALS: Pediatric Advance Life Support Certification

PGY: Post Graduate Year

PIF: Program Information Form

PLA - Program Letter of Agreement

RRC/RC: Residency Review Committee/Review Committee

USMLE: United States Medical Licensing Exam 

VAMC: Veterans Affairs Medical Center

www.acronymfinder.com is a useful source for finding the meaning of acronyms.