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    February 21, 2019 at 3:27 pm #2348
    1. WHEREAS, the ACGME requires that graduate medical education institutions give written
    2. statements regarding parental leave policy availability, without requiring implementation or
    3. standardization of leave policies across programs1; and
    4. WHEREAS, length and availability of maternal leave policies in place for resident physicians is
    5. determined by respective specialty boards (e.g. American Board of Family Medicine, etc.)1; and
    6. WHEREAS, there is discrepancy across specialties regarding availability of policies1,2; and
    7. WHEREAS, 90% of pediatric residency programs have maternal leave policies, as compared to
    8. only 36.54% of plastic surgery residency programs3,4,5; and
    9. WHEREAS, length of policies vary with some specialties encouraging minimum 8 week
    10. maternal leave, while female surgical residents report that the American Board of Surgery leave
    11. policies are a barrier to taking more than 6 weeks of leave1,2; and
    12. WHEREAS, in comparison to federal law covering 60% of workers, the Family and Medical
    13. Leave Act states eligible employees are entitled to: “unpaid, job-protected leave for specified
    14. family and medical reasons,” including up to twelve work weeks within a 12 month period for
    15. birth of a child and care for the newborn6;
    16. WHEREAS, a substantial decrease in infant mortality was found when women were given 12
    17. weeks of maternity leave following the Family and Medical Leave Act7; now, therefore, be it
    18. RESOLVED, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) encourage the ACGME to adopt
    19. consistent maternal leave policies across all specialties accredited residency programs; and, be it
    20. further
    21. RESOLVED, the AOA encourage the ACGME to suggest all accredited residency programs
    22. have maternal leave policies consistent with federal policy; and, be it further
    23. RESOLVED, the AOA encourage the ACGME to advocate for transparency of maternal leave
    24. policies at the time of residency matching.


    1. Greenfield NP. Maternity and medical leave during residency: Time to standardize?. Int J Womens Dermatol. 2015;1(1):55. Published 2015 Feb 20. doi:10.1016/j.ijwd.2014.12.009
    2. Rangel, Erika L., et al. “Perspectives of Pregnancy and Motherhood among General Surgery Residents: A Qualitative Analysis.” The American Journal of Surgery, vol. 216, no. 4, 2018, pp. 754–759., doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2018.07.036.