Taking leave during residency

Leave Policy

General Requirements

  • Applicants for surgery of the hand certification must have acquired no fewer than 48 weeks of full-time clinical activity in the year (12 months) of hand surgery training.

Medical Leave

  • For documented medical conditions, including pregnancy and delivery, directly affecting the individual (i.e., not family leave) during the year of hand surgery training, the ABS will accept 47 weeks of full-time clinical activity.
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