Ensuring a Smooth Transition for Trainees Returning from Parental Leave - A Guide for Program Directors

Acad Radiol. 2022 May:29 Suppl 5:S38-S42. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2021.04.018. Epub 2021 Jun 6.


Transitioning from parental leave during radiology residency training can be a time of stress and uncertainty. However, there are ways that program directors can help make the transition smoother and less overwhelming. Trainees report numerous stressors upon returning from leave involving childcare, lactation concerns and logistics, and discrimination. Program directors can help alleveate these stressors by counseling trainees returning from parental leave and providing reseources and a supportive enviroment. This article provides a structured frame work with tool for programs directors to ensure the transition from parental leave back to training is a smooth one.

Keywords: Family leave; Parental leave; program director; radiology resident; well-being.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Parental Leave
  • Radiology*
  • Research Personnel
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States