Top residencies offer little to no paid maternity leave

A recent study shows just half of the nation's top medical residencies have paid family leave policies, according to a report from WBUR, Boston's NPR station.

Researchers compared family leave policies at 15 training institutions affiliated with the 12 top medical schools in the U.S. They found just eight of the 15 had parental leave policies.

Among the schools that did offer a policy, average paid leave was 5.7 weeks. When taking childbirth leave and designated family leave for childbearing mothers into account, the average leave was 6.6 weeks. Fathers, adoptive parents or nonprimary parents were offered 3.9 weeks of paid leave on average. The policies for residents were generally less generous than what was offered faculty, according to the report. 

Lead author Kirti Magudia, MD, PhD, who is a radiology resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, told WBUR: "I was very surprised at how difficult it was to find out about the parental leave policies. It's my belief that this information should be freely and publicly available so that medical students who are deciding where they want to go into training have this information and can take it into account."

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