With roots dating back to 1951, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is the premier professional membership organization for obstetrician–gynecologists. The College’s activities include producing practice guidelines for providers and educational materials for patients, providing practice management and career support, facilitating programs and initiatives aimed at improving women’s health, and advocating on behalf of members and patients.
With more than 60,000 members spanning the entire career lifecycle, ACOG is composed of 12 Districts. These Districts are made up of 98 Sections. ACOG's Districts and Sections represent various regions, countries, territories, and states in North and South America.
ACOG members, or Fellows, are board certified obstetrician–gynecologists whose professional activities are devoted to the practice of obstetrics and/or gynecology, who possess unrestricted licenses to practice medicine, and who have attained high ethical and professional standing.
We are dedicated to the advancement of women’s health care and the professional and socioeconomic interests of our members through continuing medical education, practice, research, and advocacy.
As the premier membership organization for obstetrician–gynecologists and providers of women’s health care, we will provide the highest quality education worldwide, continuously improve women’s health care through practice and research, lead advocacy efforts for women’s health care issues nationally and internationally, and provide excellent organizational support and services to members.
Our Core Values
As an organization dedicated to the advancement of women’s health care and the betterment of our membership, we value:
- Access to high quality and safe health care for all women
- Professionalism for our membership through high ethical standards, collegiality, communication, mentoring, leadership development, diversity, and life-long learning
- Scholarship in medical science through health research and education
- Advocacy for women and our members in our role as the authority on the specialty and on women’s health information for patients, providers, organizations, and government
- Our commitment to changing the culture of medicine and eliminating racial disparities in women's health outcomes. Read more about this core aspect of our work.
The Scope of Practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrics and gynecology is a discipline dedicated to the broad, integrated medical and surgical care of women's health throughout the lifespan. The combined discipline of obstetrics and gynecology requires extensive study and understanding of reproductive physiology; including the physiologic, social, cultural, environmental, and genetic factors that influence disease in women. This study and understanding of the physiology of women gives obstetricians and gynecologists a unique perspective in addressing gender-specific health care issues.
Preventive counseling and health education are integral parts of the practice of obstetricians and gynecologists as they advance the individual and community-based health of women of all ages.
Obstetricians and gynecologists may choose a scope of practice ranging from primary ambulatory health care to concentration in a focused area of specialization.