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Alphabet Soup

To help you understand the native tongue . . .

AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges
AMSA American Medical Student Association
AMWA American Medical Women's Association
AOA Alpha Omega Alpha
APAMSA Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
BRB Bressler Research Building
CAM Complementary and Alternative Medicine
CAPP Combined Accelerated Program in Psychiatry
CCC Curriculum Coordinating Committee
CIM Center for Integrative Medicine
CMDS Christian Medical and Dental Society
CV Curriculum Vitae
ED Emergency Department
ERAS Electronic Residency Application Service
FMG Foreign medical graduate (also known as IMG or International medical graduate)
FT Full-time
HDID Host Defense/Infectious Disease
HH Howard Hall
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HSF Health Science Facility
HSF II Health Science Facility II
HS/HSL Health Sciences/Human Services Library
ICM Introduction to Clinical Medicine
ICU Intensive Care Unit
IMG International medical graduate
LCME Liaison Committee on Medical Education
LOA Leave of absence
MICU Medical ICU
MPRC Maryland Psychiatric Research Center
MSPE Medical Student Performance Evaluation
MS Medical Student, typically followed by a Roman numeral denoting the year, e.g. MS I
MSTF Medical School Teaching Facility
NBME National Board of Medical Examiners?
NRMP National Residents Matching Program
OME Office of Medical Education
OR Operating Room
OSA Office of Student Affairs
OSCE Objective Structured Clinical Examination
OSR Organization of Student RepresentativesAlso, Office of Student Research
OT Occupational Therapist
PAC Pediatric Ambulatory Center
PBL Problem-based learning
PCU Progressive Care Unit
PD Physical Diagnosis
PGY Post Graduate Year
PICU Pediatric ICU
PT Physical Therapy
SICU Surgical ICU
SNB School of Nursing Building
SNMA Student National Medical Association
SSEP Second Summer Education Program
SSW School of Social Work
STRTP Short Term Research Training Program
SUB-I A required four-week Senior rotation in which the student gets to function as an intern
TLH Taylor Lecture Hall
UMB University of Maryland, Baltimore
UMBC University of Maryland, Baltimore County
UMGCC University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
UMCP University of Maryland College Park
UMMC University of Maryland Medical Center
UMMS University of Maryland Medical System
UMPB University of Maryland Professional Building
USGA Campus-wide student government association
USMLE United States Medical Licensing Examination
VAMC, VA Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center


Last Revision: January 31, 2013