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ABMS adopts new leave policy for residents and fellows

Residency Program Insider, July 15, 2020

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The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has adopted a new family and parental leave policy aimed providing residents and fellows more flexibility during training.

Beginning in July 2021, the "ABMS Policy on Parental, Caregiver and Family Leave" lets ABMS member boards with training programs of two or more years to allow residents and fellows at least six weeks away from training. This parental, caregiver, or medical leave will not count against time set aside for vacation or sick leave and will not require extending training.

Further, to minimize the possible negative impact on residents and fellows’ career trajectories from a training extension (e.g., a delayed start of a fellowship or salaried position), member boards must communicate when a leave of absence will require an official extension.

ABMS President and CEO Richard E. Hawkins, MD, said, “The growing shifts in viewpoints regarding work-life balance and parental roles had a great influence in the creation of this policy which fosters an environment that supports our trainees' ability to care not only for patients, but also for themselves and their families.”

Source: ABMS

 



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