The new ACGME guidelines for paid 6-week family and medical leave are a big step forward in helping our residents maintain their health and well-being. Previously noted for having one of the strictest leave allowances among medical specialties, family medicine programs may see future increases in leave requests due to policy changes extending allowable leave times and increased stress from both the Covid-19 pandemic and current mental health crisis facing our nation. Leaves that involve physical or mental health crises are certainly very difficult for the resident on leave but can significantly impact co-residents and program faculty as well. Our session will discuss the new ACGME guidelines and how they line up with the revised 2021 ABFM Absence from Residency/ Family Leave policy. We will then have a case-based discussion to process real-life issues that come up in residencies, how we can handle these issues as educators and behaviorists, and when we should turn these issues over to human resources or legal. Our group will also use the shared experience of participants to discuss how they have helped faculty and residents maintain boundaries regarding leaves, cover required work during a resident’s leave, as well as how to support the resident who is on a medical leave.
Kowalkowski J, Edriss S, Warnick S. Protecting wellness and boundaries while navigating leaves of absences: Case studies for approaching from an ethical and behavioral health lens. Presented at 43rd Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine by the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine; 2022 September 7; Chicago IL.