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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
RCOG logo.jpg
MottoSuper Ardua (Let us overcome our difficulties)
EstablishedSeptember 1929; 91 years ago (1929-09)
Headquarters10–18 Union St, London SE1 1SZ
Dr Edward Morris

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is a professional association based in London, United Kingdom. Its members, including people with and without medical degrees, work in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G),[1] that is, pregnancy, childbirth, and female sexual and reproductive health. The College has over 16,000 members in over 100 countries with nearly 50% of those residing outside the British Isles.[2]

The College's primary object is given as "The encouragement of the study and the advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology", although its governing documents impose no specific restrictions on its operation.[3] Its offices are near Regent's Park in central London.


The British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists was founded in September 1929 by Professor William Blair-Bell and Sir William Fletcher Shaw; this area of surgery having been considered for many decades as "minor" when a component of England's Royal College of Surgeons.[4] For the first three years, the office work of the new college was done from 20 St John Street, Manchester. In 1932 the office moved to 58 Queen Anne Street, London. The building was officially opened by the College's Royal Patron, the Duchess of York, on 5 December 1932.

The organisation was granted a Royal Charter on 21 March 1947.[5] With continuing expansion of the College activities, it had outgrown the Queen Anne Street premises and a decision was made in 1952 to move to larger premises.

The College moved to 27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, on Crown Estate land, in July 1960. The new building was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II, on 13 July 1960. In 2018, the Duchess of Cambridge became the College's Royal Patron.

In 2019, the College moved to new premises: 10–18 Union St, London, SE1 1SZ.[citation needed]

Aim, objectives and values

The RCOG's aim is "to set standards to improve women’s health and the clinical practice of obstetrics and gynaecology in the British Isles and across the world".

Their charitable objectives are to "encourage the study, and advance the science and practice, of obstetrics and gynaecology".

They value leadership, innovation, caring, inclusiveness, trust and integrity. They act with transparency and aspire to work, at all times, to the highest standards.

Strategic goals and objectives 2017–20

The College's Strategic Plan for 2017–20 aims to fulfil their twin ambitions of becoming the ‘go-to’ place for women's health in the UK and a global leader for women's health and reproductive health care.

1. Improve women's health care by high-quality education, training and support of doctors throughout their careers

2. Improve women's lives globally through the development of safe, high-quality clinical care, throughout adolescence and the reproductive and post-reproductive years

3. Connect healthcare professionals, service users and partner organisations to radically improve women's health care both in the UK and globally

4. Achieve resilience by developing workforce and financial sustainability, business innovation and technological agility

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists headquarters in London
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists headquarters in London


The RCOG is responsible for developing the framework and curriculum of post graduate training in O&G in the United Kingdom. It conducts two principal examinations: the Membership examination (MRCOG) and the Diploma examination (DRCOG). The DRCOG examination is aimed at doctors, and especially general practitioners, who wish to certificate their knowledge and interest in O&G. The Membership examination, which were first held in 1931, is intended for those who wish to specialise in O&G. The exam is a three-part examination. Part 1 MRCOG is a written examination to evaluate basic and clinical sciences relevant to the subject. Part 2 is a further written examination intended to assess clinical knowledge at the level of middle grade registrar, and the Part 3 is the clinical section. (OSCEs).[6]


Members use the designatory letters MRCOG. Membership is awarded at a meeting of Council to those who have passed all parts of the Membership examination.

The award of the Fellowship is a mark of senior status and does not indicate completion of training. They are elected from those who have been Members for at least 12 years. Fellows use the designatory letters FRCOG. Fellowship can also be awarded to those who are not been Members of the college, but have either contributed significantly to the advancement of the specialty (Fellows ad eundem); demonstrated exemplary work in the specialty (Fellows honoris causa) or distinguished people outside the medical profession (Honorary Fellows).[7]

Journals and publications

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

BJOG is a monthly editorially independent peer reviewed journal owned by the RCOG publishing work in all areas of O&G, including contraception, urogynaecology, fertility, oncology and clinical practice. It is one of the most widely read journals in O&G. It had an Impact Factor of 5.051 as of March 2018.[8] BJOG also release podcasts.

The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

TOG is a quarterly journal for continuing professional development from the RCOG. The journal is known for its reviews and clinical governance articles.


O&G is the membership magazine of the RCOG. The magazine focuses on supporting clinicians on workforce issues including rota gaps, attrition and job planning.

See also


  1. ^ RCOG, "Summary of Membership Categories" Archived 2007-04-19 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2007-05-26.
  2. ^ RCOG, "Annual Review 2008/2009". Retrieved 2010-03-20.
  3. ^ RCOG, "Annual Report and Accounts" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine (2005-12-31). Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  4. ^ Martin, F. H. (1914). "Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Volume 18". F. H. Martin Memorial Foundation 1914. p. 129. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  5. ^ Privy Council web site. Archived 2007-08-24 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  6. ^ RCOG, [1] Retrieved 2010-09-04
  7. ^ RCOG, [2] Retrieved 2010-09-04
  8. ^ "BJOG". Archived from the original on 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2010-11-13.

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