Conventional wisdom tells patients to avoid the hospital in July. With hospitals teeming with a fresh crop of medical school graduates who have been doctors for less time than it’s been since your last haircut, the fear is that both the quality and efficiency of medical care tanks this time of year.
Of course, there is actually little data to support the notion of a July effect.1 Personally, I am most concerned about September, when a false sense of security may set in.
However, summer is the time when new doctors are most eager to learn and seasoned physicians are at their most committed to teaching. With that in mind, the Twitter hashtag #TipsForNewDocs has become something of an annual tradition in June and July. Here are some of my favorites from this year (lightly edited for clarity).