MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Lia E. Gracey, MD, PhD
Department of Dermatology
Baylor Scott & White Health
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: The co-authors and I were interested in this issue as new parent leave (or the lack thereof) is increasingly being examined in many professions. As a mother who had children during dermatology residency, I felt the pressure to take a short new parent leave to avoid having to make up time at the end of my training.
I came back to work only 3 ½ weeks after having my first baby. Anecdotally, other new parent residents (both men and women) reported similar concerns and we noticed a lack of data about new parent leave policies in dermatology residency training programs.
We distributed surveys to dermatology residency program directors and residents and were struck by a basic lack of awareness by residents for whether their institution even offered new parent leave. Less than 50% of surveyed residents were aware of a written new parent leave policy for their residency program, yet over 80% of program directors stated they had a policy in place. We also found discrepancies between resident and program director perceptions of sufficiency of new parent leave and the availability of pumping facilities for breastfeeding mothers. Continue reading