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Pediatric Resident Perceptions of Family-Friendly Benefits

  • Carol D. Berkowitz
    Affiliations
    Department of Pediatrics, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, Calif (Dr Berkowitz); Department of Research, American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Ms Frintner); and Department of Research, American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Dr Cull)
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  • Mary Pat Frintner
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    Address correspondence to Mary Pat Frintner, MSPH, American Academy of Pediatrics Department of Research, 141 Northwest Point Blvd, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007-1098.
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    Department of Pediatrics, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, Calif (Dr Berkowitz); Department of Research, American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Ms Frintner); and Department of Research, American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Dr Cull)
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  • William L. Cull
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    Department of Pediatrics, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, Calif (Dr Berkowitz); Department of Research, American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Ms Frintner); and Department of Research, American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill (Dr Cull)
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Published:August 09, 2010DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2010.06.013

      Abstract

      Objective

      The aim of this study was to examine the importance of family-friendly features in residency program selection, benefits offered to and used by residents, and importance of benefits in future job selection.

      Methods

      A survey of a random, national sample of 1000 graduating pediatric residents in 2008 was mailed and e-mailed.

      Results

      Survey response rate for graduating resident respondents was 59%. Among the respondents, 76% were women. Thirty-seven percent of men and 32% of women were parents. Residents with children were more likely than residents without children to rate family-friendly characteristics as very important in their residency selection (P < .05). Many residents reported that their programs offered maternity leave (88%), paternity leave (59%), individual flexibility with schedule (63%), and lactation rooms (55%), but fewer reported on-site child care (24%), care for ill children (19%), and part-time residency positions (12%). Among residents reporting availability, 77% of women with children used maternity leave and lactation rooms. Few held part-time residency positions (2%), but many expressed interest (23% of women with children). The majority of residents with and without children reported that flexibility with schedule was important in their future job selection. Most women with children (71%) and many women without children (52%) considered part-time work to be very important in their job selection.

      Conclusions

      Family-friendly benefits are important to residents, particularly those with children. The data provides a benchmark for the availability and use of family-friendly features at pediatric training programs. The data also shows that many residents are unaware if benefits are offered, which suggests a need to make available benefits more transparent to residents.

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