Supporting New Physicians and New Parents: A Call to Create A Standard Parental Leave Policy for Residents.

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Summary of "Supporting New Physicians and New Parents: A Call to Create A Standard Parental Leave Policy for Residents."

Parents taking leave after the birth of a child is associated with significant benefits for infants, mothers, and fathers. Although nearly 40% of residents have or plan to have children during residency, there is no standard parental leave policy for these trainees. In this Perspective, the authors discuss the benefits of parental leave, synthesize findings about maternity bias and other negative effects of the current variable approaches to parental leave during residency, and explore underlying causes of the lack of a standard parental leave policy for residents. They also call on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Medical Specialties to work together to address this issue, recommending a standard parental leave policy that ensures a minimum of eight weeks of paid leave for all residents without requiring them to extend training or becoming ineligible to sit for board certification exams. Creating evidence-based and family-friendly guidelines for parental leave is important to the progress of academic medicine in the modern era, as it supports parental and child health, promotes resident wellness, and reduces gender disparities in medicine to the benefit of all.


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Name: Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
ISSN: 1938-808X


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The authorized absence from work of either parent prior to and after the birth of their child. It includes also absence because of the illness of a child or at the time of the adoption of a child. It does not include leave for care of siblings, parents, or other family members: for this FAMILY LEAVE is available.

The authorized absence from work of a family member to attend the illness or participate in the care of a parent, a sibling, or other family member. For the care of a parent for a child or for pre- or postnatal leave of a parent, PARENTAL LEAVE is available.

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