Founded in 1951, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is a professional association of physicians specializing in obstetrics and gynecology in the United States dedicated to the improvement of women's health.
More than 58,000 obstetrician-gynecologists and women's health care professionals have the membership in the ACOG.
The organization's main activities include producing the ACOG's practice guidelines and other educational material. ACOG also publishes Obstetrics & Gynecology, also known as "The Green Journal," the official publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The organization also developed ACOG mobile app with a goal to bring their clinical tools and resources to smartphones and tablets.
The app is a collection of valuable clinical and professional tools, news, and resources related to obstetrics and gynecology, including the latest clinical guidelines, calculators, immunization schedules, headlines, job search, and more.
The information provided in the app is up-to-date. As soon as you've started the app, it would download the latest updates. So, be sure to have WiFi enabled and a bit of patience because it may take some time (depending on your network speed) to download.
After completing the updates, the app will open to the Home page which features all ACOG resources and tools available in the app.
The app provides more than 500 Practice Bulletins and 160 Committee Opinions, which offer the most complete set of authoritative, peer-reviewed, evidence-based guidance.
Practice Bulletins provides evidence-based guidance to help clinicians stay updated on techniques and clinical management issues, while Committee Opinions provide ACOG committee's assessment of emerging issues in ob-gyn practice.
While Committee Opinions can be accessed and viewed in the app, Practice Bulletins require users to have ACOG membership in order to access and read the materials.
Committee Opinions provide comprehensive information and guidance on many topics related to obstetrics and gynecology, ranging from maternal immunization to tubal ligation with Cesarean delivery.
Membership is also required for access to Today's Headlines section which provides a weekday summary of health news via email, as well as Indicated Delivery Calculator - a point-of-care decision tool to calculate suggested timing of delivery, based on ACOG clinical guidance.
Other sections of ACOG app are available to anyone who uses the app and don't require membership.
Certainly, the most interesting tool in the bunch is Estimating Due Date (EDD) that uses data from last menstrual period and first accurate ultrasound to determine estimated due date. Both healthcare providers and patients can use the EDD Calculator, which was made to replace the traditional plastic pregnancy wheel.
Basically, the EDD calculator allows the clinician to determine how far along a patient will be at a certain date and also to determine in advance when a patient will reach a certain gestational age.
The EDD Calculator is based on the joint recommendations from ACOG, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine for calculating pregnancy due dates, which makes it probably the best pregnancy calculator available.
The EDD calculator consists of the Estimated Date of Delivery (EDD) calculators which include a calculator based on Last Menstrual Period (LMP), ultrasound, and Artificial Reproductive Techniques (ART), not used in many other pregnancy calculators.
There are also two gestational age calculators, i.e. Target date for a gestational age and Gestational age for a target date.
All calculators have little Info button next to them, explain the purpose of each. Users can also access ACOG's Committee Opinion 700 explaining the methods for estimating the pregnancy due date.
Immunizations section allows clinicians to use the interactive tool in order to get information on immunization best practices. Clinicians can check the immunization guidelines, along with graphs and tables for a particular age, profile, or type, or for pregnancy. They can view the laws and registrations, access readiness tools, and consult the resources for further information.
Clinicians can use the app to learn more and plan their visit to ACOG's Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, or access ACOG's District site for access to localized information.
Careers section enables clinicians to access job listings and career advice from ACOG Career Connection, the source of OB/Gyn job opportunities.
Those interested in resident education in Obstetrics and Gynecology can check CREOG section which provides more information on the resident education program offered by the ACOG.
Overall, ACOG app is an amazing resource for all clinicians, especially to obstetricians and gynecologists. It offers a plenty of useful, evidence-based information, including clinical guidance and tools related to obstetrics and gynecology
All information in the app is coming from the authoritative source and is well-referenced throughout the app.
Benefit: Obstetricians, gynecologists, residents, Midwives, students, and other clinicians who perform obstetrics will find the app useful