Can't tell your SSC from the GMC? Deborah Cohen explains some acronyms commonly used in the UK health system
Medics seem to like acronyms. The use of abbreviations and shorthand extends beyond the clinical setting and enters into the working lives of doctors too. The Student BMJ has published lots of articles about the UK system in the past, and if you don't know your SSC from your GMC hopefully this short-and by no means comprehensive-guide to acronyms will clarify things a little. Beware though, the UK postgraduate medical training setup is changing rapidly and no doubt in a few years time, there will be another array of acronyms to get to know.
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