How can we foster a culture of support for parents from residency to practice?
“ I applaud the ACR for giving attendees the option of child care during ACR 2019 and believe all national radiology meetings should follow suit – to showcase radiology as a specialty that supports parents. Child care duties often fall on females and this would help female radiologists, residents, and future radiologists to participate fully, without additional stress. Similarly, institutions and hospitals should — wherever possible — provide accessible, affordable, and preferably onsite child care that caters to long and often unpredictable physician hours.”
— Sherry S. Wang, MD, assistant professor of abdominal imaging at the University of Utah
“ I joined my current practice less than three months after having my first child. For the past seven months, my colleagues have been understanding and respectful of my needs as a breastfeeding mother — as I try to juggle the newfound responsibilities of parenthood and a first job. Their flexibility and eagerness to help out has made all the difference. Having an open, honest conversation about your new needs is critical to ensure your success in these challenging and often unpredictable times. It’s the first step to creating a culture that is accommodating for all.”
— Michele V. Retrouvey, MD, radiologist at Medical Center Radiologists in Virgnia Beach, Va.