It is the policy of the program to provide resident physicians with appropriate leave time for personal illness. Consistent with YNHH policy, residents are allowed up to 10 days sick leave per year. Periods of absence for longer than three days may require a physician's note for fitness to return to work. Recognize, however, that it is unprofessional and inappropriate to "call in sick" for reasons other than illness.
It is the responsibility of any resident who cannot attend work as scheduled to inform the Program Coordinator AND the appropriate Chief Resident of the absence DAILY, either by phone or email. This must be done even if the resident is on a rotation that does not require coverage. If the resident is on a service with active clinical cases that need attention, it is crucial that the resident work with the Chief Resident and other residents to assure non-delayed continuity of patient care.
If needed, Family/Medical Leave of Absence can be taken for purposes of either child adoption, care of a newborn infant, the serious illness of a child, spouse, or parent, parent-in-law, or for personal physical or mental illness or disability. A family/medical leave of absence (FM LA) may be granted for a period up to 16 weeks (26 weeks for their own personal disability) during a 24-month period. When an employee plans to take leave under this policy, the employee must give the Hospital/Department 30 days notice. If it is not possible to give 30 days notice, the employee must give as much notice as is practical and reasonable. An employee undergoing planned medical treatment is required to make a reasonable effort to schedule the treatment to minimize disruptions to the Hospital's/Medical School's operations. The leave may be paid, unpaid, or a combination. Six weeks of paid leave is given for maternity situations. Paternity leave is unpaid leave. Details of the family/medical leave policy can be found on the YNHH GME website.
Remember that the American Board of Pathology requires that residents document at least 48 weeks of training per 52-week academic year to be eligible to sit for the Board examination. Time off for sick or other medical leave and for interviews should be taken into account when planning vacation time so as not to fall below this minimum.