Taking leave during residency

Leave Policy - Pediatric Surgery

General Requirements

  • Applicants for pediatric surgery certification must have acquired no fewer than 96 weeks of full-time clinical activity over the two years of pediatric surgery training.
  • All time away from training, including vacation and time taken for interviews, visa issues, etc., must be accounted for on the application for certification.

ABS Family Leave Policy

  • As allowed by their programs, trainees may take documented leave to care for a new child, whether for the birth, the adoption, or placement of a child in foster care; to care for a seriously ill family member (spouse, son, daughter, or parent); or to recover from the trainees’s own serious illness. ABS will accept 94 weeks of full-time clinical activity.
  • Note: This is an ABS policy only and should not be confused with family leave as permitted by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). No approval is needed for this option if taken as outlined.
  • Arrangements beyond the standard leave described above require prior written approval from the ABS. Such requests may only be made by the program director.

Updated: August 2019