Do not get sick in July. Why? You might die. A recent study published by the Journal of General Internal Medicine reported a 10 percent spike in teaching hospital deaths during the month of July due to medical errors!
This spike is called “The July Effect” and its attributed to the influx of new interns and residents.
Typically, medical students graduate in June and begin their first year of residency training in July. This group of eager new interns invades the hospital to learn, care for patients, and make medical decisions. One problem. They don’t know what they’re doing.
So if you have to go to a hospital in July, treat the new interns with patience and respect. Then check with your nurse to make sure they know what they’re doing.