Medical Resident at IdopathicMedicine.wordpress.com (A medical resident’s journey) recently blogged on The Dangers of July in the Hospital. Medical Resident’s post was in response to this article outlining regional July spikes in (fatal) med errors mediated by # of teaching hospitals in the region.

For those of you who don’t know about the July phenomenon, July is when the brand new interns and residents come in.  Residents and interns change service about once a month (I do recall some times where there would be back to back in one service, resulting in two months rotation – e.g. my ex-husband’s trauma rotation).  In July (sometimes late June), it’s that change plus an infusion of all new medical staff.  Needless to say, there can be some problems.

Here’s my take on it, from July 2008 – a reflection on the July chaos from the patient/family side.

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  1. queenofoptimism

     /  July 10, 2010

    I had no idea! Thanks for the info. Now I know why I had so many residents with especially weird looks on their faces when looking at my vagina while in labor with my July baby.


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