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Strongly support. It's ironic that as healthcare trainees and providers, we have some of the weakest parental leave policies of all industries. As it stands, there's no universal recommendation for parental leave for medical students, residents, fellows, or practicing physicians. As a PGY4 in an Otolaryngology training program, my residency allowed for "3 days of maternity/paternity leave"...no joke. That's the current policy. So I took my 3 weeks of vacation for “maternity leave” which left me going back to 80-hour weeks before I’d fully healed and left me with limited time with my newborn. I also had no additional time off for the entire academic year. I’ve written several articles on the topic (KevinMD, Missouri Medicine). Let's encourage our students, trainees, and colleagues to build their families. Part of this encouragement includes adequate time off. And this should include females and males as well as birth parents and adoptive parents.
-Lauren Umstattd, MD, Representing self
Writing on behalf of the MSMA Medical Student Section Board, in Support of this resolution. We thank the authors for raising this issue that affects many medical students, residents, and fellows as they start families during their training. We believe this resolution is important to create minimum standards for parental leave so that all trainees, regardless of their gender or whether their family is growing by birth or adoption, can receive a fair and appropriate amount of time allowed for parental leave. Thank you.
-Calli Morris, Medical Student Section Board