ABMS announces progressive leave policy for residents and fellows

chard E. Hawkins, M.D., announced that the policy on ‘Parental, Caregiver and Medical Leave During Training’ was approved at the June Board of Directors meeting.

Effective July 1, 2021, all ABMS Member Boards with training programs of two or more years duration will allow for a minimum of six weeks away once during training for purposes of parental, caregiver, and medical leave, without exhausting time allowed for vacation or sick leave and without requiring an extension in training.

Dr. Hawkins says that, This progressive leave policy is an important step in addressing the concerns of residents and fellows, affording them more flexibility, reduced stress, and increased autonomy in making life decisions, especially regarding family and parental leave.

Dr. Hawkins adds that, The policy is the result of the hard work of the ABMS Task Force on Parental Leave including Carolyn Kinney, M.D., executive director, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and ABMS Board of Directors member; Nancy Rose, M.D., representing the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics; Julius Hamilton, M.D., a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and a member of the ABMS Stakeholder Council; and Jo Buyske, M.D., president and chief executive officer, American Board of Surgery and ABMS Board of Directors member, as well as ABMS staff.

Dr. Hawkins notes, The task force worked in tandem with representatives from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education… and sought feedback directly from trainees and leaders in graduate medical education to help inform the final policy.

ABMS press release

ABMS policy on Parental, Caregiver and Medical Leave During Training

ABMS website