In academic hospitals, there has been longstanding suspicion that the month of July is problematic for patient safety and efficiency, due to new batches of interns. This systematic review found higher mortality and length of stay during July compared to other months in academic centers. Since this is no longer a “suspicion” but a proven phenomenon, this should alert those in academic centers to create system buffers to reduce handoffs (or improve the quality of handoffs), improve supervision, and enable efficiency (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.