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Parental Leave Program

The Parental Leave Program for Professional Staff began this year (2018), and replaces the Maternity Disability Program and Adoption Program. Appointed members of the MGH/MGPO Professional Staff (including faculty and research fellows) are eligible for 8 weeks of centrally funded paid leave when they become new parents. Please note that MGPO policies do not pertain to GME residents and fellows, who instead follow the GME trainee policies. Revisions to the GME Leave policy are in development.

To use this benefit, speak with your unit chief of service, department administrator, and MGPO benefits consultant. For parental leave FAQs, click here.

A physician who recently took advantage of the benefit said: “Over the past month I have had the opportunity to be a full-time parent to my newborn son and my daughter. I have loved every minute of it. I have been able to help my wife recover and shoulder my share of the exponentially increased housework of having a newborn. My mind is clearer and I am very happy. Thanks for supporting paternity leave.”

Contact: Dee Dee Chen, 617.643.7243.

For more information on Professional Staff Benefits, visit:

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