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New residents do not affect safety of patients, study says

Residency Program Insider, November 3, 2009

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Inevitably around July 1, someone makes a joke or comment about how July is the worst time to visit the hospital because the new residents have just arrived and are just getting their feet wet. But a new study suggests that the idea of the ‘July Phenomenon’ is myth.
Researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center reviewed data for more than 12,000 surgery patients that visited the hospital during five years. They compared patient data in July to other months, looking specifically at:

  • In-hospital mortality rates
  • Number of days patients spent in ICUs
  • Number of days patients are on ventilator support
  • Time trauma patients spent undergoing resuscitation for trauma patients


Researchers did not find any evidence that patient outcomes were any different in July compared to other months. The study was published in the September issue of Journal of the American College of Surgeons.



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