Glossary of Degrees and Fellowships


MD Doctor of Medicine
DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (In addition to the use of medications, surgery, and other therapies, a DO may emphasize manipulation in treating problems of muscles, bones, and joints.
DPM Doctor of Podiatry Medicine
DDS Doctor of Dental Surgery
DMD Doctor of Dental Medicine
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
PsyD Doctor of Psychology
EdD Doctor of Education
PA Physician Assistant
RN Registered Nurse
RNFA Registered Nurse First Assistant
CNM Certified Nurse Midwife
MSN Master of Science in Nursing
MPH Master of Public Health
MSW Master of Social Work
FNP Family Nurse Practitioner


The terms listed below are used by some sponsoring institutions and in some specialties to designate participants in subspecialty graduate medical education.

FAAFP Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians
FAAP Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
FACOG Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
FACS Fellow of the American College of Surgeons