Charles E. Schwartz, MD
To the Editor: I was very pleased to see the American College of Physicians take a stand on parental leave for residents (1), but I would like to emphasize even more strongly that fathers cannot be left out. As the College admits, this position paper really addresses maternal leave, not parental leave.
Male physicians are frequently married to physicians or other professionals and, by personal choice or mutual agreement, are often centrally involved in childbirth and childrearing. Although inadequate and often coupled with some stigma, disability coverage is available for female physicians, beginning with childbirth (for which no one can
Schwartz CE. Parental Leave. Ann Intern Med. ;112:553. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-7-553_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(7):553.
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