Parental Leave Program Reminder

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 52, No. 8, October 2010, Page 425 News

Are you a physician practising medicine in British Columbia? Are you or your spouse having a baby or planning a pregnancy in the period from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011?

If you are, then it is important to take advantage of the Parental Leave Program, one of the negotiated benefits administered by the BCMA. Remember that effective 1 April 2010 the program has been improved to include benefits for male physicians and adoptive parents in addition to pregnancy benefits. 

Funding has also been improved, allowing an increase in the maximum benefit to $1000 per week. For more information or an application package, please contact: Lorie Lynch, PLP Administrator; Toll free: 800 665-2262 ext. 2882; Direct: 604 638-2882;
—Sandie Braid, CEBS
Assistant Director, BCMA Insurance

. Parental Leave Program Reminder. BCMJ, Vol. 52, No. 8, October, 2010, Page(s) 425 - News.

Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

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An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.

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  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
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