would you feel the same way about a colleague who was pregnant? it's no different and this attitude while understandable is prejudicedI would just bear in mind timing with that. I personally think it's great you want to adopt, but I would be very concerned if my co-resident would have to leave with little notice for adoption related things. The unfortunate reality of medicine is that any slack you make, someone else will have to pick up. If you can do it during an outpatient year the process would probably go smoothly at most residencies.
would you feel the same way about a colleague who was pregnant? it's no different and this attitude while understandable is prejudiced
This is the kind of question I would ask at the dinner or lunch with residents etc. The faculty probably don't even know the answer to this. In terms of whether it's risky, that would depend on whether you were a marginal candidate. If not, then you probably don't want to be at a program that would ding you for asking a perfectly reasonable question. I can't see how if asked in an appropriate manner that it would reflect badly, it's a very sensible question to ask! You can start off by asking more general questions like:Thanks for your thoughts everyone. I had heard that the timing can be very much out of the prospective parents' hands, and I can see why this could be hard on other residents. In interviews, is it okay to ask how clinical responsibilities are covered when a resident in the program takes leave or would that be risky as a candidate? Any specific markers to look for to find a family friendly program beyond the residents themselves having families?