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Association of Women Surgeons’ Comprehensive Initiative for Healthy Surgical Families During Residency and Fellowship Training

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Importance  The lack of family-friendly policies continues to contribute to the underrepresentation and attrition of surgical trainees. Women in surgery face unique challenges in balancing surgical education with personal and family needs.

Observations  The Association of Women Surgeons is committed to supporting surgical families and developing equitable family-friendly guidelines. Herein we detail recommendations for adequate paid parental leave, access to childcare, breastfeeding support, and insurance coverage of fertility preservation and assisted reproductive technology.

Conclusions and Relevance  The specific recommendations outlined in this document form the basis of a comprehensive initiative for supporting surgical families.

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Article Information

Accepted for Publication: October 9, 2022.

Published Online: January 4, 2023. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2022.6334

Corresponding Author: Maria S. Altieri, MD, MS, Division of GI Surgery, Penn Medicine/Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (maria.altieri@pennmedicine.upenn.edu).

Author Contributions: Dr Altieri had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Concept and design: Johnson, Torres, Möller, Cannada, Nosanov, Tatebe, Reyna, Altieri.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Riner.

Drafting of the manuscript: Johnson, Torres, Möller, Cannada, Nosanov, Riner, Tatebe, Altieri.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Johnson, Torres, Cannada, Tatebe, Reyna.

Supervision: Tatebe, Reyna.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Information: The work was initiated by the Publications Committee of the Association of Women Surgeons and this statement was approved by the committee and the AWS Executive Committee.

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