General Principles for ACOG Committees

The committees of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) are created or abolished and their overall function defined by the Executive Board. Appointments are made for one year, with the understanding that such appointment may be continued for a total of three years. Most committee members are Fellows, but Junior Fellows are also eligible for appointment. Some committees may have representatives from other organizations and a public member when particularly appropriate to committee activities. The president elect appoints committee members annually. Descriptions of committees and membership criteria are available on the Committee Descriptions page. The name in parentheses after the committee description is the staff vice president or executive officer responsible for the activities of the committee.

ACOG members may complete a committee application, which is available on the ACOG website June 1 each year. The application is due by August 1. 

The College uses the following guidelines and principles for committees, panels, boards and subcommittees appointed by the president elect.

  1. Every committee requires Fellows and Junior Fellows who can provide leadership within the committee and the College. Consideration of leadership development and ability is part of the nomination/appointment process.

  2. Diversity by ethnicity, gender and geography is desired.

  3. No more than two individuals from a district generally will serve on a committee.

  4. Except by virtue of being ex officio or liaison on a committee, generally no Fellow may serve on more than one standing committee.

  5. Membership on a committee is for a one-year term except for "young physician (YP)" members; however, individuals may be reappointed for up to three one-year terms. If an individual is selected as chair of the committee, the length of service may extend up to two additional years.

  6. "Young physician" members are ACOG members who have been Fellows for eight or fewer years. The term of office for young physicians on committees will be two years with no reappointment as the "young physician." They may be considered for regular appointments to the same or other committees at the end of their two-year term.

  7. Should a vacancy occur, the individual filling the vacancy will serve for the remainder of that term and will be eligible for reappointment.

  8. The committee chair must have an active medical license.

  9. Each standing committee should have a vice chair.

  10. Any member of a committee who misses two consecutive meetings or only partially attends two meetings will be subject to replacement.


Rotation for Committee Service

As the general principles state, membership on a committee is for a one-year term; however, individuals may be reappointed for up to three years unless there is a membership term by policy. Continued committee service is dependent upon satisfactory performance of duties. If selected as chair, a committee member may serve up to two additional years.

February 2019

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