The People Medical List of Handy Acronyms

Published on April 5, 2019

When we’re starting someone fresh to the industry, the Acronyms make their heads swirl! Here is a handy guide for you. It isn’t all inclusive but we will keep adding to it!  


Handy Acronyms!


Acronym Meaning Other References/Definitions/Notes
ACRRM Australian College of Rural And Remote Medicine
ADGP Australian Divisions of General Practice
AGPT Australian General Practice Training
AHPRA Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority
AKT Applied knowledge test
AMA Australian Medical Association
AMC Australian Medical Council An independent national standards body for medical education and training
AON Area Of Need
CPD Continuing professional development
CV Curriculum Vitae Also known as a ‘Resume’
DWS District of Workforce Shortage 19AB, the “Moratorium”,
FACRRM Fellowship of Australian College of Rural And Remote Medicine
FRACGP Fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
GP Trainee GP Registrar
GPRA General Practice Registrars Australia
IMG International Medical Graduate
IP Independent Pathway
KFP Key Feature Problems
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery
MMM Modified Monash Model
OSCE Objective Structured Clinical Exam
OTD Overseas trained Doctor
PESCI Pre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview
RACGP Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
RDAA Rural Doctors Association of Australia
ROMPS Rural Other Medical Practitioners Scheme
RPL Recognition of Prior Learning
RRMA Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas
RVTS Remote Vocational Training Scheme
VMO Visiting Medical Officer
VR Vocationally Registered When someone has completed their fellowship exams and are a ‘Specialist’


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