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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) was founded in 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently based in Washington, D.C. ACOG has almost 50,000 members, all of whom must be physicians who are board certified in obstetrics and gynecology; approximately 95 percent of all obstetri-cian-gynecologists in the United States are members of the organization. Members are both generalists and subspecialists, including maternal-fetal medicine specialists, gynecologic oncologists, reproductive endocrinologists, and urogynecologists. Women constitute 38 percent of ACOG's total membership. The stated objectives of ACOG involve fostering and stimulating improvements in all aspects of healthcare for women. The group promotes the highest possible standards for ...