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.
- For many women, radiology residency occurs during the childbearing years and they often question when is the best time to have children. Anxiety regarding fertility and pregnancy-related complications contribute to early career burnout in women physicians and many have fertility regrets. Supporting radiologists in training and early in their career as they navigate pregnancy and childbearing is critical to achieving a diverse workforce and leadership. Herein, we explore career-related challenges of childbearing and highlight opportunities for radiologists in residency, fellowship, and early in their career, so that they can make an informed childbearing decision.
- 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.
- The gender pay gap is not a problem of the past. Women continue to receive less pay for equal work and radiology is one of four medical specialties with the largest gender pay gap. Numerous social factors contribute to the gender pay gap; however, radiology can close the gender pay gap through intentional strategies, including acknowledging the gender pay gap, eliminating bias and minority taxes through progressive compensation and parental leave models, devaluing overwork, developing longitudinal mentorship and sponsorship, and demanding transparent institutional policies.