I was reading “CNN Health” online today and was taken back a bit when I stumbled across the lead sentence in the article titled, “Why you should never go to the hospital in July.”
The lead sentence reads, “Do not get sick in July. Why? You might die.” Well, if that doesn’t grab one’s attention, I’m not sure what would.
After reading the article in its entirety, the author, a physician services provider, who specializes in plastic surgery, warns people why it is seriously dangerous to seek patient care in the month of July; the reason being, more experienced physicians refer to, is something they call “The July Effect.”
“Medical students graduate in June and begin their first year of residency training — internship — in July,” said Anthony Youn, M.D. “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.”
Dr. Youn explains that, during “The July Effect,” there is a 10 percent rise in deaths among people who seek patient care in hospitals. The cause is medical errors; the culprits are mostly interns at teaching hospitals, according to a recent study published by the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Youn talks a bit about his memories as an intern in the article, as well. Because each and every physician service provider has to go through the intern stage, in order to become seasoned and experienced.
“Like most interns, I arrived with four years of medical school under my belt, an M.D. after my name, and virtually no practical knowledge of medicine,” Dr. Youn said. “Although I wore the long white coat of a doctor, I kept my pockets packed with condensed medical manuals that we called our “peripheral brains” to make up for the lack of knowledge held in my actual brain. Thank God for these manuals. Otherwise, I would have been part of ‘The July Effect.’”