Key clinical point: Leave policies for residents who become new parents are uneven, oft-ignored by training boards, and provide less time off than similar policies for faculty physicians.
Major finding: The top 12 U.S. medical schools provide paid childbearing or family leave for faculty physicians, but only 8 of the 15 schools' graduate medical education (GME)-sponsoring institutions did so for residents. In a second study, fewer than half the websites of 24 American Board of Medical Specialty (ABMS) boards specifically mention parental leave for resident physicians.
Study details: The first study reviewed childbearing and family leave policies for 15 GME–sponsoring institutions affiliated with 12 U.S. medical schools. In the second study investigators reviewed websites of 24 ABMS member organizations to determine their leave policies for residents.
Magudia K et al. JAMA. 2018 Dec 11;320[22)]:2372-4; Varda B et al. JAMA. 2018 Dec 11;320:2374-7
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