Candidates for National Office Are Being Sought for May 2020 to May 2021



December 2018 

Dear Fellow:

This letter outlines the procedures for members seeking to attain a national office of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the ACOG Foundation (hereinafter referred to as “ACOG”). ACOG promotes and is committed to 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 2020 to May 2021 are President Elect, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Fellow-at-Large, and Young Physician-at-Large. The President Elect automatically becomes the President and then the Immediate Past President the following year. Please review the position descriptions carefully, especially pertaining to responsibilities, time commitment, term of office, and qualifications.

To become a candidate for one of these offices, you must provide the following five items in PDF format to Leslie Smith, Administrator, Executive Board Affairs (, no later than February 1, 2019:

  1. A letter from you including the office(s) for which you would like to be a candidate, and 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
  5. A head-shot photo

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 in Nashville, TN. Only after candidates submit all five items, their names, office(s) for which they are running, summary CV and photo will be listed on ACOG’s website.

Candidates must attend the National Officer Candidates Forum at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 2:30 PM, and a specific time will be set aside for each candidate. You will make a five-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 Fellows. The Committee is composed of one representative from each district, two at-large Fellows, 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.

At the interim advisory council 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 information about what constitutes campaigning, please see Appendix C. The Committee on Nominations will meet in June 2019 to select the slate of nominees.

If you have questions about this process, please contact Leslie Smith at



Lisa M. Hollier, MD, MPH, FACOG
President and Interim Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer



American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188