A Timely Problem: Parental Leave During Medical Training

Allison M.B. Webb, Brittany N. Hasty, Kathryn M. Andolsek, Hilit F. Mechaber, Toi Blakley Harris, Archana Chatterjee, Diana M. Lautenberger, Amy S. Gottlieb

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Shifting demographics and concerns about burnout prevention merit a reexamination of existing structures and policies related to leaves of absence that may be necessary during medical training. In this Invited Commentary, the authors address the issue of parental leave for medical students and residents. Discussion about parental leave for these trainees is not new. Despite decades of dialogue, leave policies throughout the undergraduate and graduate medical education continuum lack standardization and are currently ill defined and inadequate. There are a number of barriers to implementation. These include stigma, financial concerns, workforce and duty hours challenges, and the historically rigid timeline for progression from one stage of medical training to the next. Potential solutions include parent-friendly curricular innovations, competency-based medical education, and provision of short-term disability insurance. Most important, adopting more flexible approaches to graduation requirements and specialty board examination eligibility must be addressed at the national level. The authors identify cultural and practical challenges to standardizing parental leave options across the medical education continuum and issue a call to action for implementing potential solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1631-1634
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Volume94
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

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Webb, A. M. B., Hasty, B. N., Andolsek, K. M., Mechaber, H. F., Harris, T. B., Chatterjee, A., ... Gottlieb, A. S. (2019). A Timely Problem: Parental Leave During Medical Training. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 94(11), 1631-1634. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000002733

A Timely Problem : Parental Leave During Medical Training. / Webb, Allison M.B.; Hasty, Brittany N.; Andolsek, Kathryn M.; Mechaber, Hilit F.; Harris, Toi Blakley; Chatterjee, Archana; Lautenberger, Diana M.; Gottlieb, Amy S.

In: Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Vol. 94, No. 11, 01.11.2019, p. 1631-1634.

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Webb, AMB, Hasty, BN, Andolsek, KM, Mechaber, HF, Harris, TB, Chatterjee, A, Lautenberger, DM & Gottlieb, AS 2019, 'A Timely Problem: Parental Leave During Medical Training', Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, vol. 94, no. 11, pp. 1631-1634. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000002733
Webb, Allison M.B. ; Hasty, Brittany N. ; Andolsek, Kathryn M. ; Mechaber, Hilit F. ; Harris, Toi Blakley ; Chatterjee, Archana ; Lautenberger, Diana M. ; Gottlieb, Amy S. / A Timely Problem : Parental Leave During Medical Training. In: Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2019 ; Vol. 94, No. 11. pp. 1631-1634.
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