Membership categories

The College's membership categories allow all those working in the field of O&G, worldwide, to have a formal link with the College.

Click on each category below to read a summary:

Honorary Fellows

Distinguished people outside the medical profession who are elected by the Council. Honorary Fellows may use the designatory letters FRCOG.

Fellows ad eundem

Awarded to people who are not members of the College and who have contributed to the advancement of the science or practice of O&G whom Council considers have furthered the interests of the specialty. Fellows ad eundem are entitled to use the designatory letters FRCOG.

Fellowship ad eundem guidelines and nomination form - closing date 2 June 2014

Fellows honoris causa

Awarded to people who are not members of the College and who can demonstrate:

  • the highest level of dedication and achievement in clinical care, or
  • the highest level of support to the development of women's healthcare services, or
  • the highest level of work/support for the RCOG

Fellows honoris causa are entitled to use the designatory letters FRCOG.

Fellows honoris causa gudielines and nomination form - closing date 2 June 2014

Fellows

The award of the Fellowship is not merely a reflection of a time interval since passing the Membership exam; it also implies a continued contribution to the specialty and a maintenance of standards and practice. It is a mark of senior status and not a recognition of completion of training. Fellows are elected each year from the Membership and should normally have been members for at least 12 years and have made a significant contribution to O&G through research, teaching or publications. Fellows are entitled to use the designatory letters FRCOG.

Find out how to be considered for election to the Fellowship.

Members

Members of the College must be fully qualified doctors who have passed all parts of the Membership exam having fulfilled the regulations regarding training. Members are subsequently admitted to the Membership at a meeting of Council. Members are entitled to use the designatory letters MRCOG

Retired Fellows and Members

All retired Fellows and Members automatically join the Retired Society. Further information can be found on the Retired Fellows and Members page.

Trainees – pre-membership

Doctors training in O&G who have not yet passed their Part 2 MRCOG exam. This includes all trainees have passed their Part 1 MRCOG and are registered as a Trainee on the Trainees Register. Doctors in training who are appointed to FTSTA posts, or those with Part 1 and not in an ST or FTSTA position, are encouraged to register at this level.

Diplomates

The College organises a Diploma exam for doctors training to become general practitioners (family doctors) who wish to include O&G as part of the service they provide. Doctors who complete the training programme and satisfy the exam requirements are entitled to use the designatory letters DRCOG after their name.

Associates

Medical practitioners worldwide who are working in the field of women's health care but who do not hold the MRCOG and who wish to be linked with, and support, the activities of the RCOG.

Applicants must have a medical degree.

This category applies only to those applicants who are not eligible for any other category of College membership. No individual who has been removed from the Register of Fellows and Members or deprived of membership privileges, for whatever reason, shall be eligible to apply.

Find out more information about the benefits of Associate membership and how to apply to be an Associate.

Affiliates

Those working for the benefit of women's health care who wish to be linked with the activities of the RCOG but do not hold a medical degree. While not an exhaustive list, this category includes:

  • embryologists
  • assistant practitioners and perioperative care workers
  • ultrasonographers
  • members of specialist societies (e.g. British Fertility Society, British Menopause Society, etc.)
  • scientists and research academics
  • midwives
  • nurses

This category does not apply to those holding a medical degree.

Find out more information about the benefits of Affiliate membership and how to apply to be an Affiliate.

Medical students

Medical students who are considering a career in O&G are encouraged to register for free with the RCOG. This will allow contact about careers fairs, academic and medical school events as well as any other information. The RCOG also has a junior careers officer who is available for general advice. Find out more about how the College supports those interested in a career in O&G.

Doctors considering a career in O&G

Foundation doctors and current junior doctors who have done less than 18 months training in O&G (UK, EEC or worldwide) who are seeking to pursue a career in O&G but who are yet to be appointed to a specialty training programme, and who have not yet passed their Part 1 exam, are encouraged to register for free with the RCOG. This will allow contact about careers fairs, national recruitment, links to the trainees' section of the website and newsletter and any other appropriate communication. The RCOG also has a junior careers officer who is available for general advice. Find out more about how the College supports those interested in a career in O&G.

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