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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Biography

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“2001 marked the 50th Anniversary of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Founded in 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, ACOG today has over 49,000 members and is the nation’s leading group of professionals providing health care for women. Now based in Washington, DC, it is a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization.

ACOG works primarily in four areas:

  • Serving as a strong advocate for quality health care for women.
  • Maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members.
  • Promoting patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and involvement in medical care.
  • Increasing awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care.”

“About Us,” ACOG website (accessed Oct. 12, 2007)


“The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the pre-eminent authority on women’s health, is a professional membership organization dedicated to advancing women’s health by building and sustaining the obstetric and gynecologic community and actively supporting its members. The College pursues this mission through education, practice, research, and advocacy. ACOG will emphasize life-long learning, incorporate new knowledge and information technology, and evolve its governance structure. To achieve its strategic goals, ACOG will develop an operational plan that includes appropriate metrics.”

“ACOG Strategic Plan,” ACOG website (accessed Oct. 12, 2007)

501(c)(3) non-profit organization