FDA, PMA, SAE, V&V, CPT… I see acronyms tossed around all the time when researching for my blog and have no clue what most of them mean. I have never dared mention my lack of understanding to anyone for fear that I might come across as dim-witted, but last week I saw an article in MedCityNews that made me feel like maybe I was not alone. The author lists the above acronyms as the Top 5 Anxiety Provoking Med-Tech Acronyms (APMAs). In case you are as clueless as I was, here’s the rundown:
Food and Drug Administration
Serious Adverse Event
Verification and Validation
Common Procedural Technology
Is there an acronym that really makes you PO’d?
I think I am going to form my own support group called PWDUAAAAI. (People Who Don’t Understand Acronyms and Are Afraid to Admit It)