Problems Associated With Medical Schools And Residency Programs

833 Words Dec 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Conclusion This final section of the paper intends to briefly suggest solutions to the specific problems addressed throughout the paper. While some of the proposals have already been implemented and experienced high rates of success, most of them are strictly theoretical and require further research to explore their validity, as well as applicability. First, there must be a reform in maternity leave policies for women within the medical profession. Women in medicine are forced to postpone having children and in the cases of some, forfeit it completely. Osterweil reports that a sizable amount of female physicians say that if given the chance to do it all over again, “they might have tried to have children sooner, chosen a different specialty, or elected to have embryos frozen ‘just in case’ they had later fertility problems”. Medical schools and residency programs must take it upon themselves to change the way in which they require pregnant medical students, residents, and doctors to complete their assignments, tasks, and duties. Second, in order to better accommodate new mothers, schools and programs should incorporate more flexible options. For example, The San Francisco School of Medicine Department of Pediatric Residency offered the “Flexible Option” to its residents. This was an alternative designed to enable the residents to complete the 33 months of training required by the American Board of Pediatrics in up to five years (Kamei et al.). Overall, participants…

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