Candidates for National Office are being sought for Congress and College year May 2018 to May 2019


February 2017

Dear Fellow:

This letter outlines the procedures for members seeking to attain a national office of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (collectively ACOG). ACOG promotes an environment of respect, fairness, integrity and inclusiveness in its nomination process (see appendix A).

The national offices to be filled for the term May 2018 to May 2019 are President Elect, Treasurer (2-year term), Assistant Secretary (2-year term) and Fellow-at-Large (2-year term). The Fellow-at-Large position is for any Fellow who meets the following criteria:

  • Must be a Fellow for more than 8 years as of April 1, 2017

  • Must never have served on the Congress or College Executive Boards in any capacity

To become a candidate for one of these offices, you must provide the following four items to Leslie Smith, Administrator, Executive Board Affairs (, no later than April 1, 2017:

  1. A letter from you stating the office or offices for which you would like to be a candidate. The letter should include your motivation and reasons for seeking office. Candidates may seek no more than two offices. (If you are interested in more than one office, please indicate your preference in priority order.)

  2. A one-page, single-sided, summary of your curriculum vitae (CV) in the format shown in Appendix B

  3. A complete CV

  4. A signed Candidate Agreement

Please email the four items in PDF format to Ms. Smith at This material except, the Candidate Agreement will be provided to the Committee on Nominations and first and second alternates before their meeting at the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting (Annual Meeting) in San Diego, CA. When candidates submit all four items, their names and office(s) for which they are running will be listed on ACOG’s web site.

Candidates must attend the National Officer Candidates Forum at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 7, 2017, beginning at 2:00 pm; however, a specific time will be set aside for each candidate. You will be asked to make a 5-minute presentation to the forum attendees about your qualifications for the specific office(s). Attendees will include the Committee on Nominations members and first and second alternates, along with the Executive Board and other interested ACOG members. The committee is composed of one representative from each district, two at-large Fellows, who have been a Fellow for 12 or fewer years, and three past presidents. A past president serves as the committee chair. First and second alternates are elected to serve if a member is unable to serve. Presentations at the forum will be recorded and transcribed.

Your one-page summary of your CV will be published between the Annual Meeting and the fall annual district or advisory council meetings. At the fall meetings, the qualifications of all candidates for office will be discussed. Campaigning by candidates is not permitted.  Candidates are not allowed to orchestrate a campaign by others on their own behalf. For updated information about what constitutes campaigning, please see Appendix B.  The Committee on Nominations meets in mid-November 2017 to select the slate of nominees.

If you have questions about this process, please contact Penny Rutledge, General Counsel & Vice President, Legal, at or Leslie Smith at 202/863-2593 or Descriptions of the responsibilities associated with each national office and criteria for national office also may be found on ACOG’s web site under the National Election & Nominations Process.

Please remember the following 2017 deadlines:

April 1 Email in PDF format: the letter, summary CV, and complete CV;
provide a signed Candidate Agreement separately to Ms. Smith

May 7 
Participate in the National Officer Candidates Forum at the Annual
Meeting in San Diego, CA.


 Hal C. Lawrence, III, MD, FACOG

 Executive Vice President and CEO

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Click for Appendix C.

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Criteria for Elective Office at The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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The offices available for the 2018-2019 Congress and College year are:  President Elect, Treasurer (2-year term), Assistant Secretary (2-year term) and Fellow-at-Large (2-year term). The President Elect automatically becomes the President and then the Immediate Past President the following years. If you have questions, please contact Penny Rutledge, Vice President, Legal at

Position descriptions
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Assistant Secretary



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