Commonly Used Acronyms

Here is a list of commonly used acronyms and abbreviations used throughout the university, our college and the health care industry. When communicating to an external audience, avoid abbreviations except in situations of common usage.

Note: The acronym “CHM” is intended for internal use only. For communication with external audiences, in the first reference use “Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.” Any subsequent references may use shortened forms such as “MSU College of Human Medicine” or “the college” (lowercase “c”) or medical school. Avoid using “MSU CHM” or “College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.” Questions regarding branding or style guides can be directed to Geri Kelley, director of communications, and Amy Nienhouse, communications manager.

A&I – Alterations & Improvements – source of university funds for use on campus buildings

AA – Academic Affairs – college unit

AAMC – Association of American Medical Colleges

AAN—Academic Advancement Network—university

AAP – American Academy of Pediatrics

ABIM – American Board of Internal Medicine – certifies internists

ABP – American Board of Pediatrics – certifies pediatricians

ACGME – Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

ACP – American College of Physicians (Internal Medicine/Doctors for Adults)

ADAA – Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

ADCE – Assistant Dean for Clinical Experiences

ADUME – Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

AFMC – The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (Canadian AAMC counterpart)

AHEC – Area Health Education Corporation

AHME – Association for Hospital Medical Education

AIG – Anesthesiology Interest Group – student organization

AMA – American Medical Association

AMCAS – American Medical College Application Services – part of AAMC

AMEE – Association for Medical Education in Europe

AMSA – American Medical Student Association – student organization

AMWA – American Medical Women’s Association – student organization

ANTR – Human Anatomy

AOA – Alpha Omega Alpha – medical honor society

APAMSA – Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association – student organization

APP&R – Academic Program Planning & Review – a budget/funding thing

APR – Academic Program Review – university level review of academic programs/units

AQS – Approach to the Question Sessions

ASK – Advanced Skills and Knowledge Sessions

ASME – Association for the Study of Medical Education

AY – Academic Year (vs. AN or annual year)

BHS – Bioethics, Humanities and Society – undergraduate specialization offered by BSJ

BSJ – Bioethics and Social Justice (Center for) – college unit

BMB – Biochemistry & Molecular Biology – department

C3 – Chief Complaints and Concerns – graduation end competencies

CAC – College Advisory Council – college

CAD – Community Assistant/Associate Dean – one in each clerkship campus

CBSE/CNSE – Comprehensive Basic Science Exam – an NBME subject exam

CBT – Computer-based Testing

CC or Curr Comm – Curriculum Committee – college

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDG – Curriculum Design Group – subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee

CDIM – Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine

CDP – Career Development Program – college

CDRE – Chairs/Directors Research & Education meeting

CEPAER – Core Entrustable Professional Activity for Entering Residency

CEPH – Council on Education for Public Health – accrediting body for the Master of Public Health

CHM – College of Human Medicine (do not use acronym in external communications, see note above)

CLIFMS – Course Load Instruction Funding and Modeling System – university

CMA – Christian Medical Association – student organization

CME – Continuing Medical Education

CNS – MSU College of Natural Science or NatSci

COD – Council of Deans – of the AAMC medical schools                                                                     

CODE – Council on Diversity Education – college

COM – MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

CON – MSU College of Nursing

CP – Conditional Pass Grade

CPE – Clinical Performance Evaluation – evaluation form for Block III clerkships

CS – Clinical Skills – Blocks I and II curriculum

CSTA – Clinical Skills Teaching Area

CTSI – Clinical and Translational Science Institute

CurrMIT – Curriculum Management and Information Tool – AAMC

CWA – College-wide Assessment – college unit

DAG – Deans’ Assistants Group – assistants to deans, including assistant/associate deans, of AAMC Medical Schools

DCA – Department Clerkship Administrator – lead support staff for required clerkships

DDC – Deans, Directors, Chairs – university

DiffInE Differential Diagnosis/Interview/Exam

DIG – Dermatology Interest Group – student organization

DIO – Designated Institution Official – ACGME

DPH – Division of Public Health

DSAC – Dean’s Student Advisory Committee – college

DSG – Designated Study Group

DSP – Director of Student Programs – communities

Dx – Diagnosis

EAO – Early Assurance Opportunity

EAP – Early Assurance Program

EAP – Employee Assistance Program

EBM – Evidence-Based Medicine

EBS – Enterprise Business Systems

ECE – Early Clinical Experience (first year of medical school)

Echt – not an acronym, but the name of the CHM computer center in the Clinical Center

ECP – Executive Chief Proctor – to the NBME

EHI – Elemental Health Institute

EM – Emergency Medicine - department

EMIG – Emergency Medicine Interest Group – student organization

EMR/EHR – Electronic Medical Records/Electronic Health Records

EPA – Entrustable Professional Activity – guidelines intended to help bridge the gap between patient care activities that new physicians should be able to perform on day one of residency training and those they feel ready to perform without direct supervision

EPI – Epidemiology & Biostatistics – department

ERAS – Electronic Residency Application Service – housed in the AAMC

ESLP – Education Scholars and Leadership Program – run by CHM FAD

ESSA – End of Semester Self-Assessment

ET – Grade Extension

EVPHS – Executive Vice President for Health Sciences; the human health college deans and the CEO of the faculty group practice (HCI) report to the EVPHS

FAD – Faculty Affairs and Development – college

FAMS – Families in Medical School – student organization

FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act                   

FM/FMP – Family Medicine

FMIG – Family Medicine Interest Group – student organization

FOIA – Freedom of Information Act

FRIB – Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

FSMB – Federation of State Medical Boards – administers USMLE Step 3 exam

FY – Fiscal year, as in FY 19

GAAD – Graduate Assistant/Associate Deans Committee – university

GAP – Gateway Assessment Program

GHHS – Gold Humanism Honor Society

GIL – Guided Independent Learning

GME – Graduate Medical Education – residency

GMEC – Graduate Medical Education Committee

GQ – Graduate Questionnaire – conducted by the AAMC

GRIP – Grand Rapids Innovation Park

GRRC – Grand Rapids Research Center

GSC – Graduate Studies Committee – college

HCI – Health Care, Inc, the faculty group practice

HCRO – Health Colleges Research Office

HealthTeam – former name of the faculty group practice, changed to MSU Health Care Inc when it became a 501c(3)

HFMG – Henry Ford Medical Group

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

HMI – Harvard Medical International

HOPS – Heads of Programs – college executive staff

HRSA – Health Resources and Services Administration

HSRC – Health Services Related Component (of physician compensation); term is being phased out to be replaced by “Z component of the XYZ Physician Compensation Model”

ICC – Integrative Clinical Correlations – preclinical curriculum

IHP – Institute for Health Policy

IL – Information Literacy

ILP – Individualized Learning Plan

IMIG – Internal Medicine Interest Group – student organization

IPE – Interprofessional Education

IQ – Institute for Quantitative Health Sciences and Engineering

IRAT – Individual Readiness Assurance Test – team-based learning

IRB – Institutional Review Board

IS – Intersessions

IS&C – Interpersonal Skills and Communication (an ACGME competency)

ISMART Learning Goals – Important to Student, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely

ISP – Individualized Study Period

JC – Journal Club – generally related to residency programs

JIT – JustInTimeMedicine – houses Shared Discovery Curriculum content and resources

LAC – Learning & Assessment Center – simulation center in Fee Hall

LANAMA – Latin American and Native American Medical Association – student organization

LCE – Late Clinical Experience (years 3 and 4 of medical school)

LCI – Learning Communities Institute

LCME – Liaison Committee on Medical Education – accrediting body for US and Canadian allopathic medical schools

LGBTQIA+ Medicine – Student organization representing lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, queer, intersex & asexual communities

LMMSA – Latino Midwest Medical Student Association – student organization

LMU – Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved – college certificate program

LOA – Leave of absence

LOR – Letter of recommendation

LS – Learning Society

LSSR – Longitudinal Statistical Summary Report – generated by the AAMC

MCAT – Medical College Admission Test

MCE – Middle Clinical Experience (year 2 of medical school)

MED – Medicine – department (aka Internal Medicine)

MFB – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

MGL – McLaren Greater Lansing

Mission SMART Initiative - Spartan MD Acceptance Realization Track, a similar program to the Early Assurance Program, but for higher education partners outside of Michigan

MHA – Michigan Health & Hospital Association

MHPRC – Michigan Health Professional Recovery Corporation

MK – Medical Knowledge – an ACGME competency

MMG – Microbiology and Molecular Genetics – department

MMI – Multiple Mini Interview

MMSA – Military Medical Student Association – student organization

MOU – Memo of Understanding

mPBL – Modified Problem-Based Learning

MPH – Master of Public Health

MPHI – Michigan Public Health Institute

MSF – Multi Source Feedback

MSFC – Medical Students for Choice – student organization

MSL – Medical School Liaison – to the NBME

MSPE – Medical Student Performance Evaluation (formerly called Dean’s Letter) – LOR for student’s residency applications

MSRJ – Medical Student Research Journal – student organization

MSSA – Mid Semester Self-Assessment

MSTP – Medical Scientist Training Program – also known as MD/PhD program

MSU Health Care – the faculty group practice (MSU Health Care Incorporated (HCI) Clinical Services)

MTE – Maintaining Technological Effectiveness – category of Teaching and Learning Environment funding

NAS – Next Accreditation System – ACGME

NBME – National Board of Medical Examiners (administers USMLE Step 1 and 2 exams, subject exams, and customized assessment exams)

NEURO – Neurology & Ophthalmology – department

NIH – National Institutes of Health

NRMP – National Residency Match Program

OBGYN or OGR – Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology – department

OHS – Office of Health Sciences; the human health colleges and the faculty group practice (HCI) report to the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences 

OIG – Ophthalmology Interest Group – student organization

OMERAD – Office of Medical Education Research & Development – college unit

OSAS – Office of Student Affairs & Services – college unit

OSCE – Objectively/Observed Structured Clinical Exam

OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSIG – Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group – student organization

OSR – Organization of Student Representatives – AAMC group

P3 – Public Private Partnership

PA – Physician Assistant

PBA – Problem Based Assessment – each clerkship has one

PBL – Problem-Based Learning

PBL&I – Practice Based Learning and Improvement – an ACGME competency

PCG – Post Clinic Group – during Early Clinical Experience

PCRS – Physician Competency Reference Set – group of common learner expectation from the AAMC

PCSE – Progress Clinical Skills Exam – part of the Progress Suite in the Shared Discovery Curriculum

PDIG – Physical Diagnosis Interest Group – student organization

PECE – Prep for the Early Clinical Experience

PEDS/PHD – Pediatrics & Human Development – department

PF-Sims – Practice and Feedback Simulations

PHARM/TOX – Pharmacology & Toxicology – department

PHR – Physicians for Human Rights – student organization

PLP – Personal Learning Plan

PME – Project Medical Education

PPHI – Pediatric Public Health Initiative

PSC – Personal Services Contract

PSC/PSYCH – Psychiatry – department

PSL – Physiology – department

PsychSIGN – Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network – student organization

RAD – Radiology – department

RAT – Residents as Teachers – training for residents to teach medical students

RBI – Revenue Based Initiative

RCHP – Rural Community Health Program – college certificate program

RCPD – Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

RCR – Responsible Conduct of Research

RIG – Radiology Interest Group – student organization

RPP – Rural Physician Program – college certificate program

RSG – Rotational Small Groups – part of MCE

S1M – Step 1 Method – a program that helps students prepare to take the Step 1 exam

SADAA – Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

SADCA – Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

SAR – Student Academic Review – a subcommittee of the legacy curriculum

SBP – Systems Based Practice

SCAG – Student Curriculum Advisory Group

SCC – Student Competence Committee in the Shared Discovery Curriculum

SCRIPT – Service/Care of Patients/Rationality/Integration/Professionalism/Transformation – the 6 competency areas identified by CHM for medical student education

SDC – Shared Discovery Curriculum

SDM – Shared Decision Making

SH – Spectrum Health

SHIELD – Securing Health Information and Eliminating Loss of Data

SIAC – Student Insurance Advisory Committee – university

SIG – Surgery Interest Group – student organization

SIGN – Student Interest Group in Neurology – student organization

SIP – Strategic Investment Project – category of TLE funds

SIPS – Students Interested in Pediatrics Sub-Specialty – student organization

SLC – Student Learning Center – basement of Radiology building

SMEEF – Student Medical Education Enrichment Fund – distributed by Dean’s Student Advisory Committee

SMS – Section on Medical Schools – housed in AMA

SNMA – Student National Medical Association – student organization

SOAP – Supplemental Offer & Acceptance Program

SOAR – Simulation Organization and Assessment Resources – college

SP – Standardized Patients

SPB – Sparrow Professional Building

SPC – Student Performance Committee – college (legacy curriculum)

SRIG – Student Research Interest Group – student organization

SUR – Surgery – department

TACCT – Tool for Assessing Cultural Competence Training

TBL – Team Based Learning

TIP – The Integrated Program – Family Medicine 4 + 3 medical school/residency program

TLE – Teaching and Learning Environment – technology funding from the university

TN – Translational Neuroscience or TransNeuro – department (formerly Translational Science and Molecular Medicine)

TRAT – Team Readiness Assurance Test – part of Team Based Learning

UCC – University Committee on Curriculum

UCGS – University Committee on Graduate Studies (formerly UGC - University Graduate Council)

UCRIHS – University Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects

UME/UGME – Undergraduate Medical Education – years 1-4 of medical school

USMLE – United States Medical Licensing Examination – Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, Step 2 Clinical Skills, Step 3; under the umbrella of the NBME

VA – Veterans Administration

VAI – Van Andel Institute

VARI – Van Andel Research Institute

VBHC – Value-Based Health Care

VPRI – Vice President for Research and Innovation (formerly VPRGS - vice president for research and graduate studies)

VSAS – Visiting Student Application System – run by AAMC

VUDAT – Virtual University Design and Technology

WACP – Women’s Advisory Committee to the Provost

WFA – Weekly Formative Assessment

WHIG – Women’s Health Interest Group – student organization

WSG – Weekly Scholar Group – the post clinic group in Middle Clinical Experience

XYZ – Physician compensation model implemented in 2021