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The Pediatric Forum
April 1999

Parental Leave and Pediatric Residents

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

The article by Weiss et al1 in the July 1998 issue of the ARCHIVES articulates an important area of discussion for pediatric residency training programs. Pediatrics as a discipline includes, within its professional organization's stated mission, advocacy for children, pediatricians, and families. The authors contend that children's hospitals provide no better parental leave benefits (defined both as maternity/paternity leave and adoption leave) than those offered at Fortune 500 companies, although they point out that hospitals provide more child care and support systems for breast-feeding mothers. They had hypothesized that a children's hospital would be more likely to be cognizant of such issues, given its pediatric thrust.