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ABPath Announces New Parental, Caregiver and Extended Medical Leave Policy

September 3, 2020 - The American Board of Pathology (ABPath) is pleased to announce a new Parental, Caregiver, and Extended Medical Leave Policy for residents. The new policy will offer trainees more flexibility, reduce stress, and increase autonomy in making life decisions, especially regarding family and parental leave, while still being able to meet board certification training requirements. This new policy will be effective July 1, 2021 and apply only to residents.

The ABPath Parental, Caregiver, and Extended Medical Leave Policy allows up to 6 weeks of time away from the total months of training for purposes of parental, caregiver, and extended medical leave without needing to extend the duration of training. Parental leave includes all new parents, i.e. birthing and non-birthing parents, adoptive/foster parents, and surrogates. Caregiver leave includes care of an immediate family member (i.e. child, spouse, or parent) with a serious health condition. This permitted time away is in addition to vacation time, which may be accrued or averaged over the course of a training program. (Per ACGME, each institution must have a policy for vacation and other leaves of absence. Note: institutional policies may be more restrictive and take precedence over ABPath policies.)

For candidates who use this additional time away from training for parental, caregiver, and extended medical leave, the ABPath will require the candidate’s Program Director and Clinical Competency Committee to document and to attest that competency has been achieved without the need for an extension of training. Training is expected to be extended when the Clinical Competency Committee has determined that competency has not been achieved.

The ABPath policy is modeled after the new American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) “Policy on Parental, Caregiver and Family Leave” which was developed by the ABMS Task Force on Parental Leave, formed following a report from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Council of Review Committee Residents in June 2019. ABMS and ACGME co-sponsored a workshop on resident parental and family leave in February 2020 that brought together more than 80 multidisciplinary stakeholders to explore this issue and make recommendations. ABMS member boards have all agreed to adopt similar policies.

For more information on ABPath policies for leave during training, please see the Booklet of Information Section III.A.7.c at


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