July phenomenon

A popular myth in North America that holds that the quality of medical care decreases and mortality increases in teaching hospitals during July—the time when interns recently graduated from medical school begin training

July phenomenon

Graduate education A popular myth in North America that holds that the quality of medical care ↓ and mortality ↑ in teaching hospitals during July–the time when interns, fresh from medical school begin training. See Libby Zion, 405 Regulations. Cf DRGs, 'Quicker and sicker. '.
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For patients undergoing neurosurgery at teaching hospitals, there's no "July phenomenon" of increased death and complication rates when new residents start their training, reports a study in the September issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
To investigate whether there was a real "July phenomenon" affecting neurosurgical risks, the researchers analyzed data from a nationwide hospital database (the National Inpatient Sample) from 1998 to 2008.
Phil Goodman, centre manager at Glasgow Fort Shopping Park, said: "The Christmas in July phenomenon has arrived in Scotland with people keen to secure the best gifts early."
A similar effect has been recorded in the US (known as the 'July phenomenon'), but previous studies only looked at a small number of hospitals.
DALLAS -- There's no 'July phenomenon m obstetrics, Dr.