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.
- Paid family/medical leave in radiology: now is the time. At the 2020 American College of Radiology (ACR) annual meeting, a paid family/medical leave resolution was deferred due to uncertainty surrounding the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. At the 2021 ACR annual meeting, ACR councilors passed the American Association for Women in Radiology (AAWR) amendment to resolution 48 in strong support of 12 weeks of family/medical leave for diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine residents; the vote was 89.13% in the affirmative.
- Breastfeeding has medical and economic benefits and providing an environment supportive of breastfeeding should be a priority in radiology to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Most breastfeeding radiologists do not meet their breastfeeding goals and inadequate time for pumping is the most commonly cited barrier. The UCSF lactation credit model sets the standard for breastfeeding support in medicine by providing protected time without productivity penalties and it should be adapted and implemented across radiology practices to more fully support breastfeeding radiologists and radiation oncologists.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the radiology and radiation oncology communities with previously unprecedented challenges. Many of these challenges have exacerbated long-standing issues, which disproportionately affect women in radiology and radiation oncology specialties. We applaud the American Board of Radiology (ABR) for adapting and effectively restructuring the ABR Core and Certifying examinations for diagnostic radiology , the oral certifying examinations for radiation oncology , and the initial certifying exams with oral component for medical physics  to virtual environments in the 2020–2021 academic year.
- At the 2019 RSNA President's Lunch for the American Association for Women in Radiology (AAWR), Dr. Vijay Rao, Professor and Chair of Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University and Senior Vice President of Enterprise Radiology at Jefferson Health, shared the oft-repeated words of her father in response to her rise through the ranks: “That's great – what's next?”  In the sphere of paid family/medical leave in radiology, there have been many great steps forward in 2018 and 2019, and there is a clear next step as well, in my opinion: passage of an ACR resolution supporting paid family/medical leave.