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Korean Journal of Medical Education 2009;21(2): 175-183. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.2009.21.2.175
전공의 수련 기간 중 임신과 출산에 대한 경험
김선영1, 김진경1, 정지인2, 이정권1
1성균관대학교 의과대학 삼성서울병원 가정의학과
2성균관대학교 의과대학 건강의학센터
Results of a Survey of Residents Who Experience Pregnancy and Delivery
Sunyoung Kim1, Jin Kyoung Kim1, Ji In Chung2, Jung Kwon Lee1
1Department of Family Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Health Promotion Center, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Corresponding Author: Jung Kwon Lee, Tel: 02-3410-2441, Fax: 02-3410-0388, Email: jklee@skku.edu
Received: November 6, 2008;  Accepted: February 17, 2009.
PURPOSE: A growing number of residents bear children during residency training. This study was conducted to examine the pregnancy and maternity leave experiences of women who delivered infants during their residency training. METHODS: From March 2007 through June 2007, we surveyed 94 women who had given birth during their residency training during the past 5 years from the survey date. Participants were recruited using snowball sampling. RESULTS: Most of the respondents (70.2%) delivered in the 3rd and 4th year of residency. The average length of leave was 68.9 days, and more than half (54.3%) of the women expressed that a maternity leave policy was not formally established in the department. In general, participants believed that having a child during residency was difficult (mean=4.18 in 5-point Likert scale), and this perception was inversely related with systematic departmental support. CONCLUSION: Pregnancy is a special challenge for residents, with regard to not only physical overexertion but also psychosocial impacts on pregnant residents and their colleagues. However, most current residency programs do not have written policies on pregnancy. A formal policy and more flexible curriculum can help both the training program and the pregnant resident.
Keywords: Internship and Residency;Pregnancy;Parental leave
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