Journal Article

Is there evidence of a July effect among patients undergoing hysterectomy surgery?

Varma S; Mehta A; Hutfless S; Stone RL; Wethington SL; Fader AN.

Substantial debate continues as to whether the July effect—an increase in preventable adverse events in the summer when new resident physicians begin their training—represents a real phenomenon. Analyzing data across Maryland, investigators found no evidence for a seasonal increase in hysterectomy complication rates. A WebM&M commentary discussed possible interventions to reduce errors and care disruptions in July.