The “July Effect” and University Hospitals




Some medical experts believe that people should avoid a “visit” to a teaching hospital in July. This month is a transitional time for university hospitals. Recent medical school graduates start their residency programs and immediately begin making medical decisions. It is an extremely stressful time for these young physicians. Numerous studies have been conducted that show that there is an increase in medical errors. Other studies found little data to support the “July Effect” theory.

Here are two articles to read and to evaluate. Stay well.

The Worst Time to Have Surgery

Really? The Claim: Hospital Mortality Rates rise in July


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