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Glossary of Terms

AACs Advisory Appointment Committees
AAO American Academy of Ophthalmology
ADR Annual Deanery Report
AHPO Association of Health Professions in Ophthalmology
ARCP Annual Record of Competency Progression
ASR Annual Specialty Report
ASTO Advanced Sub-specialty Training Opportunity (superseded – see TSC)
AOMRC Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
BAOP British Association of Ocular Pathologists
BCLA British Contact Lens Association
BJO British Journal of Ophthalmology
BMA British Medical Association
BMJ British Medical Journal
BMS Basic Microsurgical Skills
BST Basic Specialist Training
BOAS British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society
BOPSS British Oculo-Plastic Surgery Society
BOS British Orthoptic Society
BOSU British Ophthalmological Surveillance Unit
BSRS British Society for Refractive Surgery
CCT Certificate of Completion of Training
CCST Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (no longer issued)
CEEHST Certificate of Eligibility for Entry into Higher Specialist Training (no longer issued)
CESR Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration
CESR (CP) Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (Combined Programme)
CEX Clinical Evaluation Exercise
CME Continuing Medical Education
COPMeD Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans of the UK
CPD Continuing Professional Development
DH Department of Health
DOPS Direct Observation of Practical Skills
DRCOphth Diploma of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
EEA European Economic Area
EWTD European Working Time Directive
FRCOphth Fellowship of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
FRCSEd Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
FTSTA Fixed Term Specialty Training Appointment
FTTA Fixed Term Training Appointment
GMC General Medical Council
GOC General Optical Council
GP General Practitioner
HEE Health Education England
HES Hospital Eye Service
HST Higher Specialist Training
IELTS International English Language Testing System
IOO Institute of Ophthalmology
ISTCs Independent Sector Treatment Centres
LAG Lay Advisory Group
LAS Locum Appointment Service
LAT Locum Appointment Training
LETB Local Education and Training Board (previously/still referred to as Deanery)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine
MB ChB Bachelor of Surgery
MCQ Multiple Choice Question
MD Doctor of Medicine
MMC Modernising Medical Careers
MRC Medical Research Council
MRCOphth Membership of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
MRCSEd Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
MSF Multi-Source Feedback
NAO National Audit Office
NHS National Health Service
NHS MEE NHS Medical Education England
NICE The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
OMP Ophthalmic Medical Practitioner
OSATS Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills
OST Ophthalmic Specialist Training
OTG Ophthalmologists in Training Group
PAT Peer Assessment Tool
PCT Primary Care Trust
PLAB Professional Linguistics Assessment Board Examination
PMETB Postgraduate Medical and Education Training Board (no longer exists)
PRHO Pre-registration House Officer
RITA Record of In-Training Assessment (no longer issued)
RNIB Royal National Institute for the Blind
SATQ Self-Assessment of Training Quality
SHA Strategic Health Authority
SHO Senior House Officer
SpR Specialist Registrar
StR Specialty Registrar
STC Specialty Training Committee
TSC Trainee Selected Component
UKISCRS United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
WpBA Workplace Based Assessment
WHO World Health Organisation