SNMMI Adopts Family Leave Statement

November 12, 2021

SNMMI’s Women in Nuclear Medicine Committee, Nuclear Medicine Program Directors Committee, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force have collaborated to create the following SNMMI Family Leave Statement, which was adopted by the SNMMI Board of Directors on November 1, 2021.

SNMMI believes in communities, families, and partnerships where each person’s values and needs are held in high regard and that a family’s benefits, burdens, and responsibilities are shared among all its members. Caregiver responsibilities are part of a family’s natural life cycle, from birth to death, encompassing self, partner, parents, and children.

The benefits of leave are well established, and supported family/medical leave promotes equity, creates a more inclusive environment, and contributes to a person’s well-being. Employers and training programs with equitable workplaces must address family/medical leave to support their current employees and trainees and attract and retain future employees and trainees.

To that end, SNMMI believes that:

  • Taking family/medical leave should not prevent a person from having a successful career in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.
  • Employers should develop transparent policies regarding family/medical leave and make that information readily available to current and prospective employees.
  • Employers should inform all employees of their leave entitlements, including those provided under federal1 and state laws and relevant NIH2 and institutional policies.
  • Training program directors and supervisors should inform all trainees of their leave entitlements, including those provided under federal1 and state laws and relevant NIH2, ACGME3 institutional, and specialty board3,4 policies.
  • Employers, supervisors, and training program directors should ensure that employees and trainees eligible for leave are supported in taking leave.
  • Employers, supervisors, and training program directors should provide lactation support and accommodations in accordance with federal law5 during the postpartum period.

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Eligibility: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fact-sheets/28-fmla

National Institutes of Health Family-Friendly Initiatives: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nih-family-friendly-initiative.htm

https://www.acgme.org/globalassets/pfassets/programrequirements/800_institutionalrequirements_2022_tcc.pdf

4 American Board of Nuclear Medicine Leave Policy: https://www.abnm.org/index.php/exam/training-requirements/#:~:text=Leave%20Policy,applicable%20rules%20of%20the%20ACGME

5 Fair Labor Standards Act Nursing Mother Provision: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/nursing-mothers

 

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About the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) is an international scientific and medical organization dedicated to advancing nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, vital elements of precision medicine that allow diagnosis and treatment to be tailored to individual patients in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. 

SNMMI’s members set the standard for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine practice by creating guidelines, sharing information through journals and meetings and leading advocacy on key issues that affect molecular imaging and therapy research and practice. For more information, visit www.snmmi.org.