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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Commentary

Why July matters.

Petrilli CM, Del Valle J, Chopra V. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2016;91:910-2.

Studies have reached conflicting conclusions about whether the "July Effect"—the belief that inpatient mortality increases during the July transition—truly exists. This commentary describes how leadership, supervision, mentor–learner pairings, and communication enhancement can help to reduce risks in this period. The authors suggest that applying strategies from aviation to augment teamwork between interns and residents could be an effective improvement strategy.