Dr. Manriquez continues clinical practice, focusing on substance use disorders in pregnancy and parenting women. Her research and advocacy focus is aimed at investigating innovations in prenatal care models addressing maternal morbidity and mortality, preterm delivery rate, and substance use disorders in pregnancy.

The term FACOG is written at the end of her title, Maria Manriquez M.D. FACOG. Many people wonder what the term FACOG means. Below is just a quick Q&A to answer some of the questions people ask regarding the term and the organization associated with FACOG.

What is FACOG?

Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
An ACOG Fellow (Fellow + ACOG = FACOG) is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist whose professional activity is devoted to the practice of obstetrics, gynecology, or both.

How do you become a FACOG?

To be a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you must have:
Certification in obstetrics, gynecology, or both from one of the following boards:
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Parts I and II
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or College des medecins du Quebec
Consejo Mexicana de Ginecologia & Obstetricia
The Univ of the West Indies Postgraduate Doctorate of Medicine
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Federacion Centroamericana de Sociedades de Obstetricia y Ginecologia
Japanese Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Sociedad Chilena de Obstetricia y Ginecologia
European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
An active, unrestricted license to practice medicine and surgery in each jurisdiction where you are licensed or country of residence where you are licensed
Attainment of high ethical and professional standing
Fellow status is also available to board-certified physicians in other Latin American Sections (Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru).
ACOG is not affiliated with the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecology. Board certification qualifies Junior Fellow members for Fellow status, but transfer to Fellow is only granted after the executive board has received, processed, and approved a completed Fellow application. Please allow up to six weeks to process. After approval has been granted, new Fellows are notified by email and mail on a monthly basis.
Recently board-certified Junior Fellow members must complete and submit an application for Fellow status within one year of passing part 2 of the oral boards to retain membership with ACOG.

What does ACOG stand for in medicine?

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG): The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is an organization concerned with the quality of ob/gyn practice in the U.S. It is called “a cog.”
ACOG is (in their own words) “the nation’s leading group of professionals providing health care for women.

FACOG, Maria Manriquez

Dr. Maria Manriquez M.D. FACOG is an obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Phoenix, AZ, and has been practicing for 22 years. She graduated from medical school at the University of Arizona in 1998. After earning her medical degree she completed her residency and specializes in obstetrics & gynecology.

Additionally, Dr. Manriquez is the physician lead for the Pain and Addiction Medicine Curriculum at the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix; she has worked with the Department of Health Services in the development of a curriculum that educates the Undergraduate Medical Education and Graduate Medical Education learners on pain and addiction. 

Her service commitments include multiple leadership positions with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and as an oral examiner for the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


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