About ACOG

Who We Are

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 55,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is its companion organization.

What Does FACOG Mean?

Trust begins with knowing that a doctor is qualified. All ob-gyns have earned their undergraduate college degree and have completed an additional four years of medical school. After receiving their medical degree, ob-gyns complete four years of residency training in obstetrics and gynecology; after this they may elect to become board-certified. Certification recognizes that a doctor has graduated from a recognized medical school, completed an accredited residency program, has an unrestricted license to practice medicine, and has passed extensive exams given by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The initials FACOG after a physician’s name indicate that he or she has met additional criteria to qualify as a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. By choosing an ACOG Fellow as your physician, you can feel confident that you will receive the highest quality health care. Choosing an ACOG Fellow as your physician ensures that your ob-gyn is being kept abreast of the latest medical guidelines, treatments, and techniques in women’s health care today.

We Are Women’s Partners in Health

Ob-gyns focus on comprehensive health care for women. We see patients through virtually every phase of life—from adolescence, through the reproductive years and childbirth, and into menopause and beyond. Ob-gyns go to great lengths to earn our patients’ trust, and we value a strong doctor-patient relationship—one that is built over many years.