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Even America’s Top Doctors Aren’t Getting the Parental Leave Doctors Recommend

Medical schools aren’t good at keeping women as professors. Could better maternity leave help?

Doctors recommend that new parents get 12 weeks off work, but even the top doctors teaching their future peers at America’s best medical schools are getting leave far short of their own profession’s guidelines.

Policies for faculty at 12 top U.S. medical schools vary widely in terms of who gets paid time off and how much, a new review has found—but on average, birth mothers get about two months of paid leave, about a month short of what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends.


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