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AAMC

Association of American Medical Colleges

 

ATT

Authorization to Test

 

CK

Clinical Knowledge

 

CS

Clinical Skills

 

CTS

Continental Testing Service

 

ECFMG

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

 

ERAS

Electronic Residency Application Service

 

FAIMER

Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research

 

FCVS

Federation Credentials Verification Service

 

FSMB

Federation of State Medical Boards

 

GME

Graduate Medical Education

 

IMG

International Medical Graduate

 

IWA

Interactive Web Application

 

NBME

National Board of Medical Examiners

 

NRMP

National Resident Matching Program

 

OASIS

On-line Applicant Status and Information System

 

PTAL

Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter

 

USMLE

United States Medical Licensure Examination

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California Physician Common Words

M

Malpractice

Injury or loss caused by improper treatment. Physicians must pay for malpractice insurance in case they are taken to court by a patient and have to pay damages.

Match program

A Match program is the system used by candidates for medical residencies and the residency programs that want to recruit them. Applications and interviews lead programs and candidates to rank each other by preference. Then, a Match is made that creates a residency agreement between them.

R

Residency

A Graduate Medical Education program. At least 1 year of residency is required before a medical school graduate can apply for a license in California.

S

Scramble

When a candidate participates in the Match but does not receive a placement, he or she can join the Scramble, a very intense and short period where candidates compete for remaining residency positions.

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