Terminology in Medical Education Project

The Office of Specialty Education has developed a glossary of accepted terms and definitions that can be shared and adopted across the world of medical education.

As the Royal College considers new categories of discipline recognition and works to develop new assessment routes for certification, a common lexicon is intended to help clarify discussions across all stakeholders, particularly with commonly used terms like “Fellow” and “International Medical Graduate.”

In 2012, the Office of Specialty Education initiated consultations with a broad group of stakeholders to gather valuable feedback on the proposed terms and definitions. Approved in 2013, the Royal College dictionary for key medical education terms is now available in both English and French.

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