According to a study reported by CNN, a person who is scheduled to go under the knife in July has at an 81 percent higher risk for fatality than those whose surgeries occur in June or August. Even those who do not experience fatal surgical negligence are over two times more likely to suffer some kind of complication.
Is it coincidence that the month in which medical interns begin their careers is the month of July? Is it their inexperience, a teaching hospital's failure to properly supervise their actions or are experienced doctors adding to the problems? Research seems to differ on the answer, but the one thing that is clear is that it is your life that is on the line.
It is only reasonable to assume that with inexperience comes mistake. New drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident because they are still learning the rules of the road. Surgical interns are the same; they may have studied medical books through and through, but it is nothing compared to the real thing.
Although interns are inexperienced, some researchers say that experienced doctors are just as likely to make a negligent error. With experience often comes complacency. Doctors, like others can fall into a pattern or routine. They may miss the small things that they once used to question as an intern. Others fail to fully educate themselves on new medical advancements or technology. Even others may make assumptions based on their experience -- even though it is in error, unnoticed because no injury had yet occurred.
Whether a doctor is experienced or not does not change the fact that they have been entrusted with a duty of care, and more importantly your life.
Source: CNN Health, "The 'July effect': Why experienced doctors may not deliver the best care," Dr. Zachary F. Meisel and Dr. Jesse M. Pines," July 17, 2012