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The July Effect

How prepared are your new interns this July?

Patient safety advocates often talk about the “July Effect,” a possible increase in patient risk as new staff enter hospitals each summer.

An intern’s ability to understand and manage the dynamics of the teams that he or she will be working with can be an important asset. Leadership, followership, and other team skills are as important for new interns as they are for other hospital staff. Equally important to their success is understanding their new work environment, culture, and technology. Simulation can offer you the opportunity to introduce new interns to the world in which they will serve - in a way that didactic learning can’t.

Do you believe in the "July Effect"? Does it matter?

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The "July Effect": Are You Using Simulation to Smooth out the New Intern Learning Curve?

In this article we discuss:

  • What some residency programs are already doing using simulation
  • How hospitals are placing patient safety at the core
  • What it means to make simulation part of a new resident’s daily environment
  • How simulation can benefit new residents and their surrounding teams by helping improve leadership, followership, and mutual support skills
  • Why it is worth preparing new residents for low frequency, high acuity events

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Simulation Solutions for Team Training and Development

Simulation-based learning makes knowledge come alive in a setting created to mimic real-life clinical encounters and lifelike experiences where teamwork counts. Learners can experience successes and mistakes while gaining the necessary confidence in a safe environment. When applied locally in an actual care setting, in situ, simulation promotes training efficiency by utilizing the team’s real environment protocol, processes, and equipment that the team uses every day. By including low-frequency, high-acuity simulation events in a healthcare professional’s training, he or she will be better suited to calmly and accurately care for a patient in high-risk situations.

High-quality patient simulation for training a multitude of medical procedures and patient cases.

SimMan 3G

SimMan ALS provides a mobile, durable solution that will meet the training needs of pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency care providers - from basic assessment to advanced life-support skills. 

SimMan ALS

SimMom is an advanced full body birthing simulator with accurate anatomy and functionality to facilitate multi-professional obstetric training of birth management, with both manual and automatic delivery modes.


SimJunior is an interactive pediatric simulator, designed by Laerdal with the American Academy of Pediatrics to meet the education and training needs of healthcare providers.