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'The Diplomate' Editorial Board

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 RCOG/B26
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: 'The Diplomate' Editorial Board
Date(s): 1992-1998
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 boxes and 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Editorial Board was established in 1992 to plan and oversee publication of 'The Diplomate', reporting directly to the Publications Management Committee. The objective was 'to provide an essential update of techniques and important clinical developments in obstetrics and gynaecology - thereby presenting continuing medical education in an outstanding, understandable and readable form.' (The Diplomate No. 1 Vol. 1 1992, Archives ref P3/1/1). The publication was primarily aimed at Diplomates of the RCOG (those who had completed the College's Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the DRCOG), but it was available for sale to any interested parties. The first 'Diplomate' was published in March 1994. It lost money throughout its existence; consequently the final volume was published in January 1999. Production of 'The Diplomate' was the responsibility of the Publications Officer; its Editor-in-Chief was John Studd FRCOG.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of 'The Diplomate' Editorial Board, 1992-1998, comprising the minute book of the Board (1992-1998); minutes and papers (1992-1998); contributors' agreements and correspondence (1993-1998); papers of a study and questionnaire regarding 'The Diplomate' from 1998. The minute book and some of the loose agenda papers cover four planning meetings (1992-1994) prior to the first issue of 'The Diplomate' in March 1994. The last minutes dated April 1998 show no recognition of the fact that 'The Diplomate' was to be imminently disbanded.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As set out above in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Open, although restrictions apply for items containing personal information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids:

DRCOG: The College Archives holds a card index to DRCOG passes from the 1940s to late 1998. The Head of the Examination Department also has an index to DRCOG passes and failures dating back to the 1940s. A database of DRCOG holders from 1990 is maintained by the Administration Department.

MRCOG: A database of MRCOG holders is maintained by the Membership Services Department. The database does not include Fellows or Members who died before 1990. The College Archives holds card indexes of deceased and living MRCOG holders between 1929 and 1998. The indexes note the date of admission to the FRCOG or MRCOG. A bi-annual Register of Fellows and Members (living only) is compiled by the Administration Department; copies are transferred regularly to the Archives and will be found at A12/1-3.

ODTS (overseas doctors' training scheme):

A database of overseas doctors who have applied to sit the MRCOG is maintained by the ODTS Administrator. Once the doctors pass the MRCOG their names are removed from this database and added to the MRCOG database maintained by the Membership Services Department, with an annotation to indicate that they are overseas doctors.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Several early catalogues were not transferred and are no longer extant.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred to the Archives by the Publications Department.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Imported from the RCOG catalogue and edited by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Import: Oct 2008; edit: Feb 2009.

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