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Friday, September 21, 2007

Appeals judge will hear nursing med student's plea for more break time

By Felicia Mello, Globe Correspondent

A nursing mother will take her request for extra break time on a medical licensing exam to a state appeals court judge Tuesday, after a lower court denied her claim.

Sophie Currier, 33, says she needs more than the standard 45 minutes of rest periods in order to pump breast milk for her four-month-old daughter.

Currier has finished an MD-PhD program at Harvard but must pass the test in order to graduate and begin her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Last week, Norfolk Superior Court Judge Patrick Brady dismissed Currier’s lawsuit against the National Board of Medical Examiners, saying the board’s offer to let Currier express milk while taking the test and in a separate room during scheduled breaks was sufficient.

The appeal will be heard at 9 a.m. in Boston’s John Adams Courthouse.

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