Lighthearted View Of Scientific Jargon

The following phrases and their (cynical) definitions will help you understand that mysterious language of science and medicine.

JARGONIZED PHRASE

... AND WHAT IT REALLY MEANS

It has long been known

I didn't look up the original reference.

A definite trend is evident.

These data are practically meaningless.

While it has not been possible to provide definitive answers to the questions

An unsuccessful experiment, but I still hope to get it published.

Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study.

The other results didn't make any sense.

Typical results are shown.

This is the prettiest graph.

These results will be in a subsequent report.

Will get around to this sometime, if pushed/funded

The most reliable results are obtained by Jones.

He was my graduate student; his grade depended on this.

In my experience

Once

In case after case

Twice

In a series of cases

Thrice (three times)

It is believed that

I think

It is generally believed that

A couple of other guys think so too.

Correct within an order of magnitude

Wrong.

According to statistical analysis

Rumor has it.

A statistically oriented projection of the significance of these findings

A wild guess.

A careful analysis of obtainable data

Three pages of notes were obliterated when I knocked over a glass of beer.

It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding of this phenomenon occurs.

I don't understand it.

After additional study by my colleagues

They don't understand it either.

Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the experiment and to Andrea Shaeffer for valuable discussions.

Mr. Blotz did the work and Ms. Shaeffer explained to me what it meant.

JARGONIZED PHRASE

... AND WHAT IT REALLY MEANS

A highly significant area for exploratory study

A totally useless topic selected by my committee.

It is hoped that this study will stimulate further investigation in this field.

I quit.

Source: Dyrk Schingman, Oregon State University (http://www.unc.edu/~johnhipp/jargon.html)

10.6 | LIST OF ACADEMIC DEGREES AND HONORS

SHORT FORM

FULL TITLE

ART

accredited record technician

BX, BCh, BC, CB, or ChB

bachelor of surgery

BSN

bachelor of science in nursing

CNM

certified nurse midwife

CNMT

certified nuclear medicine technologist

CO

certified orthoptist

COMT

certified ophthalmic medical technologist

CPFT

certified pulmonary function technologist

CRNA

certified registered nurse anesthetist

CRTT

certified respiratory therapy technician

DC

doctor of chiropractic

DCh or ChD

doctor of surgery

DDS

doctor of dental surgery

DMD

doctor of dental medicine

DME

doctor of medical education

DMSc

doctor of medical science

DNE

doctor of nursing education

DNS or DNSc

doctor of nursing science

DO or OD

doctor of optometry

DO

doctor of osteopathy

SHORT FORM

FULL TITLE

DPH or DrPH

doctor of public health; doctor of public hygiene

DPharm

doctor of pharmacy

DSW

doctor of social work

DTM&H

diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene

DTPH

diploma in tropical pediatric hygiene

DVM, DMV, or VMD

doctor of veterinary medicine

DVMS

doctor of veterinary medicine and surgery

DVS or DVSc

doctor of veterinary science

EdD

doctor of education

ELS

editor in the life sciences

EMT

emergency medical technician

EMT-P

emergency medical technician-paramedic

FCGP

fellow of the College of General Practitioners

FCPS

fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons

FFA

fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists

FFARCS

fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons

FNP

family nurse practitioner

FP

family practitioner

FRACP

fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians

FRCGP

fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners

FRCOG

fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

FRCP

fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

FRCPath

fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists

FRCPC

fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada

FRCPE or FRCP(Edin)

fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

SHORT FORM

FULL TITLE

FRCP(Glasg)

fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow qua Physician

FRCPI or FRCP(Ire)

fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

FRCR

fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists

FRCS

fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

FRCSC

fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada

FRCSE or FRCS(Edin)

fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

FRCS(Glasg)

fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow qua Surgeon

FRCSI or FRCS(Ire)

fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

FRCVS

fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

FRS

fellow of the Royal Society

GNP

gerontologic or geriatric nurse practitioner

JD

doctor of jurisprudence

LLB

bachelor of laws

LLD

doctor of laws

LLM

master of laws

LPN

licensed practical nurse

LVN

licensed visiting nurse; licensed vocational nurse

MA or AM

master of arts

M(ASCP)

registered technologist in microbiology (American Society of Clinical Pathologists)

MB or BM

bachelor of medicine

MBA

master of business administration

MBBS or MB,BS

bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery

MD or DM

doctor of medicine

ME

medical examiner

MEd

master of education

SHORT FORM

FULL TITLE

MFA

master of fine arts

MHA

master of hospital administration

MLS

master of library science

MN

master of nursing

MPA

master of public administration

MPH

master of public health

MPharm

master of pharmacy

MRCP

member of the Royal College of Physicians

MRCS

member of the Royal College of Surgeons

MS, MSc, or SM

master of science

MS, SM, MCh, MSurg

master of surgery

MSN

master of science in nursing

MSPH

master of science in public health

MSW

master of social welfare; master of social work

MT

medical technologist

MTA

medical technical assistant

MT(ASCP)

registered medical technologist (American Society of Clinical Pathologists)

NP

nurse practitioner

OT

occupational therapist

OTR

occupational therapist, registered

PA

physician assistant

PA-C

physician assistant-certified

PharmD, DP, or PD

doctor of pharmacy

PharmG

graduate in pharmacy

PhD or Dphil

doctor of philosophy

PNP

pediatric nurse practitioner

PsyD

doctor of psychology

PT

physical therapist

RD

registered dietitian

RN

registered nurse

SHORT FORM

FULL TITLE

RNA

registered nurse anesthetist

RNC orRN,C

registered nurse, certified

RPFT

registered pulmonary function technologist

RPh

registered pharmacist

RPT

registered physical therapist

RRL

registered record librarian

RT

radiologic technologist; respiratory therapist

RTR

recreational therapist, registered

ScD, DSc, or DS

doctor of science

Source: American Medical Association. A Guide for Authors and Editors. 9th ed. Williams & Wilkins; 1998.

Source: American Medical Association. A Guide for Authors and Editors. 9th ed. Williams & Wilkins; 1998.

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