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AA Dip
Architectural Association Diploma
AB
Bachelor of Arts
Aberd
Aberdeen
AC
Companion of the Order of Australia
AFC
Air Force Cross
AFOM
Associate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine
AGH
Australian General Hospital
AHA
American Heart Association
AIDS
Acquired Immunity Deficiency Syndrome
AKC
Associate of King's College, London
AM
Master of Arts
AM
Member of the Order of Australia
AMU
Acute Medical Unit
AO
Officer Order of Australia
ARCO
Associate of the Royal College of Organists
ARCVS
Associate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
BA
Bachelor of Arts
BAO
Bachelor of the Arts of Obstetrics
BBC  
British Broadcasting Corporation
BC
Bachelor of Surgery
BCG  
Bacillus Calmette-Guerin
BCh  
Bachelor of Surgery
BChD
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
BChir
Bachelor of Surgery
BCL  
Bachelor of Civil Law
BDS  
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
BEF
British Expeditionary Force
Belf  
Belfast
BFA  
Bachelor of Fine Arts
BGS
British Geriatric Society
Birm
Birmingham
BM
Bachelor of Medicine
BMA
British Medical Association
BMedSc
Bachelor of Medical Science
BMedSci
Bachelor of Medical Science
BMJ
British Medical Journal
BPA
British Paediatric Association
BPharm
Bachelor of Pharmacy
BPhil

Bachelor of Philosophy 

BS
Bachelor of Surgery
BSc
Bachelor of Science
BSG
British Society of Gastroenterology
Bt
Baronet
BTEC  
British and Technology Education Council
BUPA  
British United Provident Association
Cand med
Candidate of Medicine
Cand phil 
Candidate of Philosophy
Cantab
Cambridge
CAPD
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis
CB
Companion Order of the Bath
CBE 
Commander Order of the British Empire
CCFP
Certification in the College of Family Physicians
CCST 
Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training
CCT 
Certificate of Completion of Training
CC 
Companion of the Order of Canada
CH
Companion of Honour
ChB 
Bachelor of Surgery
CM
Member of the Order of Canada
CMG 
Companion Order of St Michael and St George
CMO 
Chief Medical Officer
CM 
Master of Surgery
CNAA 
Council for National Academic Awards
CND
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
CO
Commanding Officer
CPH 
Certificate in Public Health
CRC 
Cancer Research Campaign
CStJ 
Commander of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem
CT
Computerized Tomography
DA
Diploma in Anaesthetics
DA
Doctor of Arts
DAP&E
Diploma in Applied Parasitology and Entomology
DAvMed  
Diploma in Aviation Medicine
DBA
Doctor of Business Administration
DC
District of Columbia
DCH  
Diploma in Child Health
DCL
Doctor of Civil Law
DCMT  
Diploma in Clinical Medicine of the Tropics
DCP
Diploma in Clinical Pathology
DGM  
Diploma in Geriatric Medicine
DHL
Doctor of Humane Letters
DHMSA  
Diploma in the History of Medicine of the Society of Apothecaries (London)
DHSS
Department of Health and Social Security
DIC
Diploma of Imperial College
DIH  
Diploma in Industrial Health
Dip Bact
Diploma in Bacteriology
Dip HIV med
Diploma in HIV Medicine
Dip Pall Med  
Diploma in Palliative Medicine
DipTh

Diploma of Theology 

DIY
Do It Yourself
DKSM  
Diploma of the Kitchener School of Medicine
DLitt
Doctor of Literature, Doctor of Letters
DM
Doctor of Medicine
DMI  
Dissertatio Medica Inauguralis
DMR  
Diploma in Medical Radiology
DMRD  
Diploma in Medical Radio-diagnosis
DMRE  
Diploma in Medical Radiology and Electrolysis
DMRT  
Diploma in Medical Radio-therapy
DMS
Director of Medical Services, Doctor of Medicine and Surgery
DMus
Doctor of Music
DNA  
Deoxyribonucleic acid
DNB  
Diplomate of National Board
DObst
Diploma in Obstetrics
DOH
Department of Health
DPA
Diploma in Public Administration
DPH  
Diploma in Public Health
DPhil  
Doctor of Philosophy
DPhysMed  
Diploma in Physical Medicine
DPM
Diploma in Psychological Medicine
DPM
Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine
DPMSA
Diploma in the Philosophy of Medicine of the Society of Apothecaries (London)
DRCOG  
Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
DSC
Distinguished Service Cross
DSc  
Doctor of Science
DTCD  
Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases
DTech  
Doctor of Technology
DTM  
Diploma in Thoracic Medicine
DTM&H
Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Health
Dubl
Dublin
DUniv
Honorary Doctor of the University
Durh
Durham
ECG
Electrocardiogram
Edin
Edinburgh
EEG  
Electroencepthalograph
EMG  
Electromyography
EMS  
Emergency Medical Service
ENT  
Ear, Nose and Throat
Ex
Extra urbem/outside the city
FAA
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
FAAP 
Fellow of the American Academy of Paediatrics
FACCP 
Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology
FACC 
Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
FACG 
Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology
FACOEM 
Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
FACOG
Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
FACOM
Fellow of the Australian College of Occupational Medicine
FACP
Fellow of the American College of Physicians
FACRM 
Fellow of the Australian College of Rehabilitation Medicine
FACR 
Fellow of the American College of Radiologists
FACS
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
FACTM
Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine
FACVen 
Fellow of the Australasian College of Venereologists
FAFOM 
Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
FAFPHM
Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
FAHA
Fellow of the American Heart Association
FAHMS
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
FAMM
Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Malaysia
FAMS
Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
FAMSI
Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences of India
FANCZA
Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
FANZCP
Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
FBA
Fellow of the British Academy
FBPhS
Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society
FBPsS
Fellow of the British Psychological Society
FCAHS
Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
FCCMG
Fellow of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists
FCCP
Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians
FCCP
Fellow of the Ceylon College of Physicians
FCFP
Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada
FCGP
Fellow of the College of General Practitioners
FCP SA
Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa
FCPS
Fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (Pakistan)
FCRA
Fellow of the College of Radiologists of Australia
FCS (SAf)
Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa
FDSRCS
Fellow in Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England
FEng
Fellow of the Academy of Engineering
FESC
Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology
FFA
Fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists
FFAEM
Fellow of the Faculty of Accident and Emergency Medicine
FFARCSI
Fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
FFCM
Fellow of the Faculty of Community Medicine
FFOM
Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine
FFPH
Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health
FFPHM
Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine
FFPM RCP
Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Royal College of Physicians
FFR
Fellow of the Faculty of Radiologists
FHKAM
Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
FHKCCM
Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine
FHKCFP
Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians
FHKCP
Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Physicians
FIAP
Fellow of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics
FIBiol
Fellow of the Institute of Biology
FICE
Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers
FIFST
Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology
FIMechE
Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
FInstP
Fellow of the Institute of Physics
FINucE
Fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Engineers
FLA
Fellow of the Library Association
FLS
Fellow of the Linnean Society
FMCPaed
Fellow of the Medical College of Paediatrics
FMedSci
Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
FRACGP
Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
FRACMA
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
FRACP
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
FRACR
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Radiologists
FRACS
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
FRAeS
Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
FRAM
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music
FRANZCP
Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
FRCA
Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
FRCAnaes
Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
FRCGP
Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners
FRCOG
Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
FRCP
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
FRCPA
Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australia
FRCPath
Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists
FRCPC
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada
FRCPCH
Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
FRCPI
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
FRCPS
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
FRCPsych
Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
FRCPT
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand
FRCR
Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists
FRCS
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
FRCSC
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
FRCSI
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
FREng
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
FRES
Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London
FRFPS
Fellow of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons
FRIAS
Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
FRIC
Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chemistry
FRPharmS
Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
FRS
Fellow of the Royal Society
FRSA
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
FRSC
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
FRSC
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
FRSE
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
FRSocMed
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
FWACP
Fellow of the West African College of Physicians
GCMG
Knight Grand Cross Order of St Michael and St George
GCVO
Knight Grand Cross Royal Victorian Order
GI
Gastro-intestinal
Glasg
Glasgow
GMC
General Medical Council
GOQ
Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec
GP
General Practitioner
HA
Health Authority
hc
honoris causa (honorary)
HH
His/Her Highness, Holiness
HIV
Human Immodeficiency Virus
HM
His/Her Majesty, or Majesty’s
HMS
Her/His Majesty’s Ship
HMSO
His/Her Majesty’s Stationery Office
HNC
Higher National Certificate
Hon
Honorary/Honourable
Hons
Honours
HQ
Headquarters
HRH
Her/His Royal Highness
IBD
Inflamatory Bowel Disease
ICI
Imperial Chemical Industries
Inst
Institute
IQ
Intelligence Quotient
JP
Justice of the Peace
KBE
Knight Commander of the British Empire
KCB
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
KCH
Knight Commander of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order
KCMG
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
KCVO
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
KstJ
Knight Commander of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem
Kt
Knight
LCC
London County Council
LDS
Licentiate in Dental Surgery
LHD
Literarum Humaniorum Doctor (Doctor of Literature)
LittD
Doctor of Literature, Doctor of Letters
Liverp
Liverpool
LLB
Bachelor of Laws
LLD
Doctor of Laws
LM
Licentiate in Midwifery
LMCC
Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada
LMS
Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery
LMSSA
Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery, Society of Apothecaries London
Lond
London
LRCP
Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians
LRCS
Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons
LRFPS
Licentiate of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Lt
Lieutenant
MA
Master of Arts
MACD
Member of the Australasian College of Dermatologists
MAE
Member of the Academia Europaea
Manch
Manchester
MB
Bachelor of Medicine
MBA
Master of Business Administration
MBE
Member of the Order of the British Empire
MC
Military Cross
MCC
Marylebone Cricket Club
MCPS
Member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (Pakistan)
MD
Doctor of Medicine
MDU
Medical Defence Union
Med Lic
Medical Licentiate
Melb
Melbourne
MFCM
Member of the Faculty of Community Medicine
MFOM
Member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine
MFPHM
Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine
MFPM
Member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
MMed
Master of Medicine
MMR
Mass Miniature Radiography
MOH
Medical Officer of Health
MP
Member of Parliament
MPH
Master of Public Health
MRACP
Member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
MRANZCP
Member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
MRC
Medical Research Council
MRCGP
Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners
MRCP
Member of the Royal College of Physicians
MRCPath
Member of the Royal College of Pathologists
MRCPI
Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
MRCPsych
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
MRCS
Member of the Royal College of Surgeons
MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRPharmS
Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
MS
Master of Surgery
MSc
Master of Science
MusD
Doctor of Music
NHS
National Health Service
NICE
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
NNMA
Nigerian National Merit Award
NSW
New South Wales
NUI
National University of Ireland
NYU
New York University
NZ
New Zealand
NZEF
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia
OBE
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
OC
Officer of the Order of Canada
OD
Order of Distinction of the Jamaican Government
OFR
Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
OM
Order of Merit
ONZM
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
OstJ
Member of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem
OTC
Officers’ Training Corps
OUP
Oxford University Press
Oxon
Oxford
PACES
Practical assessment of clinical examination skills
PET
Positron Emission Tomography
PgDip
Postgraduate Diploma
PGDip
Postgraduate Diploma
PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
PHLS
Public Health Laboratory Service
PLAB
Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board
QSO
Queen’s Service Order
RA
Royal Academician
RAAMC
Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
RACP
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
RAF
Royal Air force
RAFVR
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
RAMC
Royal Army Medical Corps
RASC
Royal Army Service Corps
RCAF
Royal Canadian Air Force
RCAMC
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
RCM
 (Member of) the Royal College of Music
RCOG
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
RCP
Royal College of Physicians
RCPI
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
RCS
Royal College of Surgeons
RCSI
Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
RD
Reserve Decoration
RFC
Royal Flying Corps
RMO
Resident Medical Officer, Regimental Medical Officer
RNA
Ribonucleic Acid
RNVR
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
RNZNVR
Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve
RSM
Royal Society of Medicine
RUI
Royal University of Ireland
SB
Scientiae Baccalaureus (Bachelor of Science)
ScD  
Doctor of Science
SEAC
South-East Asia Command
SHMO  
Senior House Medical Officer
SHO
Senior House Officer
SSRI
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
St And
St Andrews
T(M)  
Trained Medically
T(S)  
Trained Surgically
TA  
Territorial Army
TB  
Tuberculosis
TD
Territorial Decoration
TDD
Tuberculosis Diseases Diploma
UAE
United Arab Emirates
UCH
University College Hospital
UCL  
University College London
UCLA  
University of California, Los Angeles
UK
United Kingdom
Univ  
University
VD
Venereal Disease
VIP  
Very Important Person
VRD
Volunteer Reserve Decoration
WHO
World Health Organization
Wits  
Witwatersrand
WRNS
Women’s Royal Naval Service
YMCA
Young Men’s Christian Association