Family / medical leave, lactation & other adjacent topics - A Collection of Articles
Clinical Imaging occasionally pushes the envelope by publishing on topics that others may choose to pass on. This collection of peer-reviewed articles seeks to highlight normative or positive family-friendly policies from individual leaders, practices, and institutions in our field, with the hope that the collection will provide practical resources for individuals and organizations seeking to learn more about these important and adjoining topics.
How we do it: Parental leave at YaleThe Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) is comprised of 110 clinical radiologists, 57 residents and 29 fellows. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, our department serves three hospitals plus seven free standing ambulatory facilities. Although the medical school and Yale-New Haven Hospital are located in an urban setting, most faculty reside in surrounding Connecticut suburbs.
Paid family leave in a large urban center academic radiology department: How we do itThe benefits of family leave have been well established for employees, their dependents, and the institutions/businesses offering the leave. Paid family leave (PFL) is associated with increased duration of breast feeding —which has been shown to increase both infant and maternal health outcomes [2,3], improvement of father-child relationship quality with long-lasting effects, and increased parental satisfaction [4–6]. On the other end of the age spectrum, PFL is similarly shown to be of great benefit both for employed caregivers of older adults, as well as the increasingly aging population, with decreased utilization of nursing homes, decreased rates of depression in both the caregiver and their dependent, and decreased familial financial strain .