'July Effect' does not lengthen procedures

Although the "July Effect," under which medical errors are believed to increase as new physicians begin their residencies, is well-documented, it typically does not increase the length of surgeries during the month, according to research presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists' 2015 Practice Management Meeting. Researchers, led by Joseph A Sanford Jr., M.D., of Stanford University, found no disparity in either daily or monthly average operating minutes. Sanford noted that this is likely because of hospital controls implemented to prevent new residents from affecting surgeries, such as slowly easing them into the hospital setting. Announcement