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The July Effect

Steve Wagner

Is July really a bad time to go to the hospital?

It seems that this notion is spread far and wide among the medical communities, noting that July is the month that recent medical school graduates join their new employers and overwhelm the hospitals with as many as 30,000 first year residents across the country.

So with all this “fresh meat”, should you wait to schedule a major surgery or even have your regular check up? Many believe that this high turnover in staff, accompanied by the onset of inexperienced doctors leads to a significant downturn in the quality of healthcare.

Some major studies have shown the accuracy of the July Effect, noting that the death rate at many teaching hospitals can increase as much as 4-12% during this time.

So we want to ask you: Would you schedule an appointment knowing that some of the serving doctors would be brand new on the job?

A few tips for you, if you must go to the hospital in July:

  • Make sure the doctor is giving you adequate time. If they seem to be in a rush, be upfront with them and ask them to give you the respect you deserve as a patient.
  • If they doctor gives you a diagnosis you don’t like, recommends tests you are unsure of, or writes you a prescription you don’t believe you need, at the very least, demand a second opinion from a doctor you know and trust.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask to reschedule your appointment if you see you are scheduled with a doctor you don’t know or aren’t comfortable with.
  • If at all possible, take a loved one with you who will not be afraid to speak up on your behalf if needed.
  • Make sure your new doctor has accurate health information for you, as well as information about all of the prescription medications you are currently taking.

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