The July effect in hospitals
It has always been widely publicized that the worst time to go into the hospital was the month of July because of the new interns & residents that were now roaming the hallways of hospitals everywhere. I’m in my third year now having “survived” two July months, one as an intern & the other as the “senior”. I can definitely say I was as equally terrified both times. When I was an intern every call, page or order scared me because I was finally directly responsible for a strangers well being & that fear pretty much lasted till November. As the “senior” resident I had to watch not only every order I did but my intern’s as well. Dealing with the many type A personalities in medicine I tried not to hover over my interns so most of my supervision was always from afar but best believe there wasn’t an order they did that I didn’t know about. Just a year removed & the fear to make sure both our patients were able to walk out the hospital was terrifying enough for me.