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ABIM clarifies leave policy for residents

Residency Program Insider, January 8, 2020

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Finding that program directors were misinterpreting its leave policies, the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) updated its website to clear up the confusion surrounding how much time residents can take off.

Under the ABIM’s Leave of Absence and Vacation Policy and Deficits in Required Training Time Policy, residents and fellows may take time away from training for family leave, parental leave, illness, vacation, etc. These policies allow for one month of leave per year of training. Issues arose when program directors interpreted one month as four weeks, whereas the ABIM defined one month as five weeks.

According to an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the ABIM and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Survey Committee assessed program directors’ understanding of the leave policies by presenting six scenarios in which residents were requesting leave. The majority incorrectly interpreted the length of a month or incorrectly applied the leave policies to the scenarios. As a result, the ABIM’s website now states that five weeks (or 35 days) of leave is permitted.

Source: American Board of Internal Medicine



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