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Should I spell out "institutional review board" in a secondary essay? It feels a little pedantic spelling it out like that, but I want to make sure anybody reading it knows what I mean by "IRB approval".
 

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Should I spell out "institutional review board" in a secondary essay? It feels a little pedantic spelling it out like that, but I want to make sure anybody reading it knows what I mean by "IRB approval".
I'd wait til an adcom replies definitively, but my opinion is yes, everybody will unfortunately know exactly what IRB stands for.
 

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I have less than a full year's worth of lab research under my belt and I know what IRB stands for. Seeing as most adcom faculty will have had at least that much exposure to research (be it clinical or wet lab), IRB is a pretty recognizable acronym.
 

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IRB is a pretty universal acronym in the medical/research/science community. It's fine.
It's hard to believe, but there are older community physicians, who help with admissions interviews, that won't necessarily recognize the abbreviation.
 
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It's hard to believe, but there are older community physicians, who help with admissions interviews, that won't necessarily recognize the abbreviation.
I would disagree. I think that IRB has been around long enough (well established prior to 1985 when I first heard of it) that even some of the older community physicians are likely to have heard of it during their training or can easily google it.
 
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Thanks for the feedback everybody. I'm going to use the abbreviation. If the reader doesn't recognize it, hopefully the context clues or googling it will make it a non-issue.