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Research Letter
December 11, 2018

Childbearing and Family Leave Policies for Resident Physicians at Top Training Institutions

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 3The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York
  • 4Office of Graduate Medical Education, Partners Healthcare, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 5Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco
  • 6Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2018;320(22):2372-2374. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.14414

Integrating career and family is challenging for physicians at all stages of professional development but especially during residency, which occurs during prime childbearing years and involves long, inflexible work hours.1,2 Parental leave policies can influence physician well-being and gender equity. A recent report found that the mean paid childbearing leave for faculty physicians at 12 top US medical schools was 8.6 weeks in 2016-2017,3 but corresponding institution-level policies for residents have not been reported.