ACOG Membership Services Department: Frequently Asked Questions

Applications

Membership Dues

Membership Information


Applications

How do I become a member of ACOG?

ACOG offers various types of membership. Review the list of membership categories and requirements. A completed application is required for membership.

Does ACOG offer corporate memberships?

ACOG does not offer corporate or group memberships. However, you can purchase an "institution" subscription to publications through the  ACOG Bookstore.

How long does it take to process an application? Can the application be expedited?

It takes approximately one week to four months depending on the application type: 

  • Fellow – Up to four months
  • Associate Member/Association Member International – Up to four months
  • Junior Fellow – Two to four weeks
  • Educational Affiliate – Two to four weeks
  • Medical Student – One to two weeks
  • Fellow Senior Status – One to two weeks
  • Life Fellow – One to two weeks

Applications for Fellow, Associate Member/Associate Member International, or Junior Fellow cannot be expedited due to the policies and procedures set forth by the ACOG Executive Board.

How should I submit an application if I was a member of ACOG many years ago, but don’t have my previous ACOG ID or login information?
Please contact Membership Services at membership@acog.org with your full name, date of birth, mailing address, and the email address and password you would like to use in order to apply online under your previous record.

Is the application processing fee the same as the annual membership dues?
No, the application processing fee is a one-time fee paid when submitting an application. The membership dues are billed once you have been admitted as a member of ACOG.

My membership was terminated this year, but I am not sure why. Should I submit an application?
If you are not sure why your membership was terminated, please contact Membership Services at membership@acog.org before submitting an application. You may simply need to pay your outstanding dues to reinstate your membership.


Membership Dues

I am an active member and owe dues. How can I pay dues?

There are several ways to pay dues:

When will I be asked to renew my ACOG membership?
Membership is on an anniversary cycle. Renewals are emailed each month depending on your anniversary cycle and are due within 90 days of the first renewal notice.  However, Junior Fellows in Training-Residents are billed on an academic year.

I paid my Junior Fellow dues this year but was recently admitted as a Fellow. Will I owe membership dues?
Yes, you will owe Fellow dues, which are higher than Junior Fellow dues. Once you are admitted as a Fellow, your Junior Fellow dues will be prorated and applied towards your Fellow dues.

Can I make a payment online if my membership is terminated?
Payment cannot be made online once your membership is terminated. Please contact Membership Services to pay by phone 202-863-2452 or by fax 202-479-0054. An invoice can be provided, if needed.

My membership was terminated over three years ago, how can I reinstate my membership?
After three calendar years, one must reapply for ACOG membership. Please refer to the requirements of each membership category to ensure you apply for the appropriate category. View a list of membership categories and requirements.

Is there a reduction in dues for being enrolled in a Fellowship Program?
Yes, Fellows and Junior Fellows in Practice may receive a reduction. Associate Members who previously completed an osteopathic ob-gyn residency will also be granted a reduction. Requests must be sent in writing to membership@acog.org and include the following Fellowship information:

  • Program Name
  • Program Director's Name
  • Start and End Date of training

Are my ACOG dues tax deductible? 
For U.S. citizens only: Membership dues paid to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are not deductible as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes, but may be deductible in part as a business expense. 

Are dues used towards lobbying?
For U.S. citizens only: The Congress estimates that 8.2% of your membership dues are allocable to lobbying expenses, and therefore are not deductible for income tax purposes as ordinary and necessary business expenses. 

What is the Development Fund?
The Development Fund is an important component in our ability to participate in and initiate new programs and projects in women’s health. Your tax-deductible $50 Dues Statement gift directly supports the College’s Development Fund. Donations to the Development Fund make activities like the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care and reVITALize programs possible.

What is Ob-GynPAC?
ACOG's political action committee helps elect state and Congressional candidates who support our specialty. It is the only national PAC in Washington, D.C. representing ob-gyns before Congress. Contributions to Ob-GynPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

How can I obtain a receipt or dues statement?
A receipt is emailed immediately upon paying online. If paid via check or credit card, please allow 5-10 business days to receive a receipt.

Please email membership@acog.org to request a receipt or dues statement.

Are district and section dues required?
Yes, district and section dues must be paid to maintain membership in ACOG. Learn more about the ACOG districts and sections.


Membership Information

How do I update my address, email, or phone number?
There are several ways to change your contact information:

  • Login  to My ACOG and select Update Contact Info.
  • Email your changes (along with your full name and ACOG ID) to membership@acog.org.
  • Call membership services at 1-800-673-8333 ext. 2427 or 202-863-2427.

How do I reset my password so I can log into www.acog.org?
Select “Member Login,” then enter your NEW email address and add any PASSWORD.  When the login fails, click on link "Lookup your record?" then enter your ACOG ID and Last Name. Don't close the browser, a specially formatted email will be sent to your new email address to reset your password.

I am a Fellow Senior Status member with ACOG and do not meet the requirements for Life Fellow status. Do I still need to be board certified?
Yes, Fellow Senior Status members must maintain board certification to remain an active Fellow Senior Status. 

I recently became a Diplomate with The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Does that automatically make me an ACOG Fellow?
Fellow status is not automatic. However, board certification is one of the requirements for ACOG Fellow, and a Fellow application must be submitted and approved. A current Junior Fellow has one year to apply for Fellow status once they become board certified.  

Can I still attend the Annual Clinical and Scientific meeting if I am not an ACOG member?
Yes, the Annual Meeting is open to both members and non-members. However, ACOG members receive a discount on the registration fee as part of the many benefits they receive.

I am an ACOG member that receives the Green Journal. Can I only receive online access and discontinue the printed copy from being mailed?
At this time, ACOG no longer offers "online only" access. Therefore, you will continue to receive the printed copy and have online access. Only members in Mexico, Latin American Sections, and the West Indies have "online only" access.

Can Medical Student members access the Green Journal?
ACOG does not currently offer Medical Student members  access to the Green Journal.  However, a subscription to the Green Journal can be purchased at the member rate.  View a list of Medical Student benefits and additional information.

I tried to pay for my ABOG Maintenance of Certification (MOC), but they have me listed as a non-member of ACOG even though I am a member. What should I do to correct my status?
Please call ACOG at 202-863-2455 to verify your membership status.

How do I obtain my Fellow certificate?
Please allow 6-8 weeks from your admittance date to receive your Fellow certificate. If not received after this timeframe, please email caguilar@acog.org or call 202-863-2455 to request a replacement certificate, and include your name, ACOG ID, and mailing address. Requests that are six months after your admittance date assess a $35.00 replacement fee.

Who can use the initials FACOG (Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)?
Only active Fellows (Fellow, Fellow Senior Status, Founding Life Fellow, and Life Fellows) can use the initials FACOG after their name.

What benefits do I receive as a member?
There are many benefits for being an ACOG member. View the list of benefits that are available under most categories of membership.

How many district and sections does ACOG have?
ACOG has 12 districts and 98 sections.

How can I obtain a replacement membership card?
Please email membership@acog.org or call 202-863-2455 to request a replacement membership card, and include you name, ACOG ID and mailing address. Requests can take up to three weeks to be received.

 

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