Maternity and parental leave policies at COTH Hospitals: An update

Ingrid Philibert, Janet Bickel

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Because residents’ demands for parental leave are increasing, updated information about maternity and paternity leave policies was solicited from hospitals that are mem-bers of the Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH) of the AAMC. A 20-item questionnaire, combining forced-choice categories and open-ended questions, was faxed to 405 COTH hospitals in October 1994; 45% responded. A total of 77% of the respondents reported having written policies for maternity and/or parental leave; in 1989, only 52% of COTH hospitals had reported having such policies. Forty-one percent of the 1994 responding hospitals offered dedicated paid maternity leave, with a mean of 42 days allowed. Twenty-five percent of the respondents offered paternity leave, and 15% offered adoption leave. It is encouraging that the majority of the teaching hospitals that responded to the survey had adopted written policies, but the 23% without written policies remain a source of concern. Well-defined policies for maternity, paternity, and adoption leave can reduce stress and foster equity both for trainees requiring leave and for their colleagues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1050-1052
Number of pages3
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1995
Externally publishedYes

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