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Membership categories

We have a range of membership options which allow anyone working in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G), worldwide, to have a formal link with the College.

Click on each category below to read a summary:

Members

Members of the College must be fully qualified doctors who have passed all parts of the Membership exam (MRCOG), 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.

Fellows

Fellowship is not awarded merely as 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. 

Honorary Fellows

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

See a list of all Honorary Fellows of the RCOG.

Fellows ad eundem

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

For more information about Fellows ad eundem, including how to nominate someone, please see the Fellowship ad eundem guidelines and nomination form.

See a list of all Fellows ad eundem of the RCOG. 

Fellows honoris causa

Fellowship honoris causa is awarded to people who are not members of the College but 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.

For more information about Fellows honoris causa, including how to nominate someone, please see the Fellowship honoris causa guidelines and nomination form

Retired Fellows and Members

All retired Fellows and Members automatically join the Retired Fellows and Members Society. For more information, please visit the Retired Fellows and Members page.

Trainees – pre-membership

Trainees are doctors training in O&G who have not yet passed their Part 2 MRCOG exam. This includes all trainees who have passed the Part 1 MRCOG exam and are registered as a Trainee on the RCOG’s Trainees’ Register. Doctors in training who are appointed to fixed-term specialty training appointment (FTSTA) posts, and those who have passed the Part 1 MRCOG but are 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

Associates are 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.

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

Affiliates

Affiliates are people 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
  • Scientists and research academics
  • Midwives
  • Nurses

We are working on developing a new and improved Affiliate category.  Details of the new offering will be available soon.

Medical students

Medical students who are considering a career in O&G are encouraged to register for free with the RCOG website. This will allow us to contact you about careers fairs and academic and medical school events as well as any other relevant information. We also have a Junior Careers Officer who can provide 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 junior doctors who have done less than 18 months of 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 website. This will allow us to contact you about careers fairs, national recruitment, links to the trainees’ section of the website and newsletter and any other appropriate communications. We also have a Junior Careers Officer who can provide general advice. 

Find out more about how the College supports those interested in a career in O&G.

Elsewhere on the site

Fellows and Members
Information for Fellows and Members, including membership benefits, how to contact our Member Services team and how to renew subscriptions
Membership news
Membership magazine, e-newsletter, membership surveys, obituaries and more