acronyms

AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians

AACOM American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine 

AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges

ABFM American Board of Family Medicine

ABMS American Board of Medical Specialties

ACCME Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

ACOFP American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

ADFM Association of Departments of Family Medicine

ADS  (ACGME) Accreditation Data System  

AFMA  Association of Family Medicine Administration  

AFMRD Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors

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

AOA American Osteopathic Association

AOBFP American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians

AOGME Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators 

APP Advanced Practice Provider

CCC  Clinical Competency Committee 

CFAS  (AAMC ) Council of Faculty and Academic Societies  

CFPC College of Family Physicians of Canada

CHAMPUS Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services

CLER  (ACGME) Clinical Learning Environment Review 

CME Continuing Medical Education

CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Formerly HCFA)

COCA  Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation 

COCME Commission on Continuing Medical Education

COM  College of Osteopathic Medicine  

COMLEX  Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing  

DIO  Designated Institutional Official  

DGME  Direct Graduate Medical Education 

ECFMG Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

EPA Environmental Protection Agency

ERAS Electronic Residency Application Service

FCVS  Federation Credentials Verification Service  

FMIG Family Medicine Interest Group  

FM-RC (ACGME) Family Medicine Review Committee

FMRNA Family Medicine Residency Nurses Association 

FSMB Federation of State Medical Boards 

GME Graduate Medical Education 

GMEC Graduate Medical Education Committee 

HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration 

IME Indirect Graduate Medical Education 

IMG International Medical Graduate 

ITE In-Training Examination 

LCME Liaison Committee on Medical Education Accreditation 

NAPCRG North American Primary Care Research Group

NBME National Board of Medical Examiners 

NBOME National Board of Osteopathic Medicine Examiners 

NRMP National Resident Matching Program Service 

OSCE Observed Structured Clinical Examination 

PEC Program Evaluation Committee

PDW Program Directors’ Workshop

PGY Post-Graduate Year

PLA Program Letter of Agreement Document 

PMID PubMed Identifier

RPS Residency Program Solutions 

SNMA Student National Medical Association

SOM School of Medicine

SOMA Student Osteopathic Medical Association

STFM Society of Teachers of Family Medicine 

TAGME Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education

THC Teaching Health Center 

UME Undergraduate Medical Education

USMLE United States Medical Licensing Examination 

VA Department of Veterans’ Affairs