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The Pediatric Forum
April 1999

Parental Leave and Pediatric Residents—Reply

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999;153(4):429-430. doi:

In reply

We appreciate the insightful comments by Dr Bradford regarding our recent article published in the ARCHIVES.1 We wholeheartedly agree that parental leave policies and support systems for pediatric housestaff deserve greater advocacy from pediatricians and children's hospitals, the profession and institutions who profess most to care about infant and parental health and well-being. Unlike Dr Bradford's study, this study was designed to compare parental leave policies offered to employees by Fortune 500 companies with those offered by children's hospitals to nonphysician employees and pediatricians after training (a period far exceeding residency and a time when many professionals finally feel that they may begin families). The study provides pertinent data about parental leave policies for pediatricians in their postgraduate years, as 59% of physicians employed by children's hospitals were covered by hospital policies.

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