Acronyms

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Acronyms  

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AAPM American Academy of Pain Medicine
ABA American Board of Anesthesiology
ABPM American Board of Pain Medicine
ACCC Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
ACD Australasian College of Dermatologists
ACECC Anaesthesia Continuing Education Coordinating Committee
ACEM Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
ACHS Australian Council for Healthcare Standards
ACGME Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
ACRRM Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
ACSQHC Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care
ADAPT Australasian Donor Awareness Program
ADGP Australian Divisions of General Practice
ADSC Australian Day Surgery Council
AFPHM Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
AFRM Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
AGM annual general meeting (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
AHMAC Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council
AHTAC Australian Health Technical Advisory Committee
AHWAC Australian Health Workforce Advisory Committee
AHWOC Australian Health Workforce Officials Committee
AIDA Australian Indigenous Doctors Association
AIHW Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
AIM anaesthetists in management
AMA Australian Medical Association
AMC Australian Medical Council
AMWAC Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee
ANTS anaesthetists non-technical skills
ANZCA Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
ANZICS Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society
ANZSPM Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine
ANZTADC Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee
AON area of need (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
APLS advanced paediatric life support
ARC Australian Resuscitation Council
ASA Australian Society of Anaesthetists, also American Society of Anesthesiologists
ASC annual scientific congress (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
ASM annual scientific meeting (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
ASMOF Australian Salaried Medical Officers' Federation
AT advanced training
AT-E  advanced training extended  
ATF annual training fee
ATLS Advanced Trauma Life Support (course)
ATY advanced training year (ATY 1 = advanced training year 1, ATY 2 = advanced training year 2, ATY 3 = advanced training year 3  under previous regulations)
AVT approved vocational training
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B

 
BT basic training
BT-E basic training extended  
BTY basic training year (BTY 1 = basic training year 1, BTY 2 = basic training year 2)
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C

 
CA clinical anaesthesia
CanMEDS 2000  Canadian Medical Education Directions for Specialists 2000 Project
CAT clinical anaesthesia time under regulation 37   
CbD Case-based discussion
CCST Certification of Completion of Specialist Training (UK)
CCUE critical care in unusual environments
CDAMS Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools
CECANZ Continuing Education Committee of Australia and New Zealand
CEO chief executive officer
CEQA Continuing Education and Quality Assurance (Committee)
CEX Mini clinical evaluation exercise
CF clinical fundamental  
CHF Consumers Health Forum of Australia
CICM College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand
CIREBA Conference of International Reciprocating Examination Boards of Anaesthesia
CMCNZ Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand
CME continuing medical education (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
CMO career medical officer
COAG Council of Australian Governments
CPD continuing professional development (lower case unless used in full and proper title), also College professional document
CPMC Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges
CPMEC Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils
CPR  clinical placement review  
CCrISP Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (Course)
CSM combined scientific meeting (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
CSU core study unit  
CTC clinical teaching course
CTEC Clinical Training and Education Centre
CTG Clinical Trials Group
CUR  core unit review  
CVP cardiothoracic, vascular and perfusion (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
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DEO deputy education officer  
DHAS Doctors Health Advisory Service
DHM diving and hyperbaric medicine
DoHA Department of Health and Ageing
DOPS Direct observation of procedural skills
DPA Director of Professional Affairs
DSRT departmental scholar role tutor
DVA Department of Veterans' Affairs (Australian government department)
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E

 
EAP employee assistance program (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
EC Examinations Committee
ECFMG Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
EF  examination fee  
EMAC Effective Management of Anaesthetic Crises (course)
EMST Early Management of Severe Trauma (course)  
EO  education officer  
ET extended training  
ETAEC Education Training and Assessment Executive Committee  
ETC Education and Training Committee
EX examinations (prefix for College professional documents dealing with examinations, for example, EX1 = examination document 1)
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F

 
FANZCA Fellow Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
FARACS Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
FCCS fundamental critical-care support
FCICM Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand
FEC Final Examination Sub-Committee
FEx  final examination  
FFARACS Fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (pre 1992)
FFPM Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine
FFPMANZCA  Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists  
FICANZCA Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
FJFICM Fellow of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (now FCICM)
FPM Faculty of Pain Medicine
FPO formal project officer
FRCA Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
FTE full-time equivalent
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G

 
GASACT Group of Australian Society of Anaesthetists Clinical Trainees
GHA general hospital appointments
GMC General Medical Council
GPET general practice education and training
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H

 
HAC Hospital Accreditation Committee
HCI healthcare industry
HDU high-dependency unit
HEY  hospital employment year  
HIC Health Insurance Commission
HLN Health Leaders' Network
HOD head of department
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I

 
IAAC initial assessment of anaesthetic competence   
IASP International Association for the Study of Pain
IARS International Anaesthesia Research Society
ICM intensive care medicine
ICU intensive care unit
IMGS international medical graduate specialist (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
IntT interrupted training  
IT introductory training
ITA in-training assessment
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J

 
JCCA Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia
JFICM Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (now CICM)
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L

 
LEAP Learning, Education and Professionalism Framework
LP learning portfolio
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M

 
M&M morbidity and mortality meeting (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
MCNZ Medical Council of New Zealand
MCQ multiple-choice question
MOCOMP maintenance of competence
MOPS maintenance of professional standards
MPCC multidisciplinary pain clinic/centre
MPMTP Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Training Program
MS module supervisor
MSAC Medical Services Advisory Committee
MsF Multi-source feedback
MSOAP Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program
MSTSC Medical Specialist Training Steering Committee
MTRP Medical Training and Review Panel
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N

 
NACCHO National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
NAG national advisory group (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
NBBC National Breast Cancer Centre
NCCI National Cancer Control Initiative
NEO national education officer
NHISAC National Health Standards Advisory Committee
NHMRC National Health and Medical Research Council
NHPAC National Health Priority Action Council
NICS National Institute of Clinical Studies
NICU neonatal intensive care unit
NL normal leave  
NSC national scientific congress (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
NZAEC New Zealand Anaesthesia Education Committee
NZNC New Zealand National Committee
NZSA New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists
NZSPEX New Zealand specialist examination
NZVR New Zealand Vocational Register
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O

 
OA obstetric anaesthesia
OCT other clinical time (under regulation 37)   
OSCE objective structured clinical examination
OTD overseas-trained doctor
OTS overseas-trained specialist
OTV Occupation Training Visa
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P

 
PS professional (prefix for College professional documents dealing with professional matters, for example, PS28 = professional document 28)
PACU post-anaesthesia care unit
PAOT prospectively approved overseas training  
PBAC Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee
PCO professional conference organiser
PD professional document, also professional development
PEARLS personally arranged learning sessions
PEC Primary Examination Sub-Committee
PEx primary examination  
PF provisional fellow
PFP postgraduate fellowship program
PFT provisional fellowship training   
PFY provisional fellowship year
PGMC Postgraduate Medical Council
PGY postgraduate year (for example, PGY1 = postgraduate year 1, PGY2 = postgraduate year 2)
PHO principal house officer (Queensland only)
PM pain medicine
PMET prevocational medical education and training  
PMU pain-management unit
PPR professional practice review
PS professional standards (prefix for College professional documents dealing with professional standards, for example, PS12 = professional standards document #12)
PTT part-time training  
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Q

 
QA quality assurance
QI quality improvement
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R

 
RACGP Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
RACMA Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
RACP Royal Australasian College of Physicians
RACS Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
RAE  recent anaesthetic experience  
RANZCO Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
RANZCOG Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
RANZCP Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
RANZCR Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
RARS Rural Anaesthesia Recruitment Service
RASTS Rural Advanced Specialist Trainee Support
RCA Royal College of Anaesthetists
RCPA Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia
RCPSC Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
RDAA Rural Doctors Association of Australia
REO regional education officer
RITA record of in-training assessment
RNZCGP Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
ROC Regional Organising Committee
ROTS rotational supervisor  
RRMA rural, remote and metropolitan areas classification
RSS really simple syndication  
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S

 
S&ST simulation and skills training
SAQ short-answer question
SAT self-assessment test
SHO senior house officer
SIG special interest group (lower case unless used in full and proper title)
SMRC Specialist Medical Review Council
SOT supervisor of training
SPUMS South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
SRAC Specialist Recognition Advisory Committee
SRSC Scholar Role Sub-Committee  
SSU specialised study unit  
SSRS Support Scheme for Rural Specialists
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T

 
T Technical (prefix for College professional documents dealing with technical matters, for example, T1 = technical document 1)
TAC Training Accreditation Committee
TASSC The Australian Simulation and Skills Centres
TDP trainee experiencing difficulty process  
TE training and educational (prefix for College professional documents dealing with training and education, for example, TE11 = training and educational document #11)
TOC table of contents  
TPS training portfolio system  
TPR trainee performance review  
TPR Sub-Committee  Trainee Performance Review Sub-Committee  
TRF training registration fee
TTR training, teaching and research
TTT total training time  
TY training year
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U

 
UR number unit record number (used by hospitals - a sort of file number for a patient)
USMLE United States Medical Licensing Examination
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V

 
VMO visiting medical officer
VOP volume of practice  
VTP vocational training program  
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W

 
WBA workplace-based assessment
WOA welfare of anaesthetists

 

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