paid leave vs vacation and/or sick days
postpartum depression screens
with length of leave, breastfeeding, and childbearing during residency
residents responded (804 respondents)
| Surgical 22% | Hospitalist 21%
leave: Ranged from 2–40 weeks
Most leaves were
6 weeks (32% of leaves)
included vacation (81%) or sick time (64%)
leave was associated with institution, use of sick leave or vacation, and
amount of paid leave
frequently reported factor in determining length of leave was a desire not to
extend residency training (27%)
not extended for 53% of mothers | Additional 9% were unsure
who took >6 weeks, training was extended a median of 4 weeks vs 0 weeks for
those who took ≤6 weeks
86% had no
adjustment to schedule upon return following delivery
breastfeeding duration and perceptions of logistical support from program
administration were associated with longer maternity leaves
of leave length, burnout affected approximately 50%
There is a
great deal of variability in administration of maternity leaves across
areas of improvement include
residency program support for new mothers
maternal wellness when mothers return following delivery
The GME community has widely embraced the mandate to attend more closely to the physical and psychological wellbeing of trainees. Our findings underscore the need for clear, consistent, transparent, and easily accessible policies that support the many women already attempting to integrate GME and motherhood, as well as the many others who may be considering it.
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