American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a professional association of physicians specializing in obstetrics and gynecology in the United States. It is a 501(c)(3) organization with a membership of approximately 58,000 obstetrician-gynecologists and women's health care professionals. A companion 501(c)(6) organization, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), became operational on January 1, 2010.[1]

Physician members are referred to as fellows and use the post-nominal letters FACOG to indicate their status. To become a fellow, a candidate must become certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology,[2] an independent organization, and then nominated to the College by another fellow.

Obstetrics & Gynecology is the official publication of ACOG. It is popularly known as "The Green Journal".[3] In 1986, the organization successfully challenged an anti-abortion law in Pennsylvania before the U.S. Supreme Court in Thornburgh v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.[4]


  1. ^ "Leadership and Governance". ACOG website. ACOG. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology". ABOG website. ABOG. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  3. ^ SCImago Journal and Country rank > Obstetrics and Gynecology Retrieved on April 15, 2010
  4. ^ Greenhouse, Linda. Becoming Justice Blackmun. Times Books. 2005. Page 183.

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