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Common Abbreviations Used for Medical Students applying to the US

• USMLE: United States Medical Licensing Examination

• CK: Clinical Knowledge

• CS: Clinical Skills

• ERAS: Electronic Residency Application Service

• AAMC: Association of American Medical Colleges

• PS: Personal Statement

• LoR: Letter of Recommendation (plural LoRs)

• IM: Internal Medicine

• FM: Family Medicine

• PCP: Primary Care Physician

• Pre-Lim: Preliminary

• IV: Interview

• PD: Program Director

• NBME: National Board of Medical Examiners

• NRMP: National Resident Matching Program

• ECFMG: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

• FSMB: Federation of State Medical Boards

• DO: Doctor of Osteopathy

• COMLEX: Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the USA

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