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Improving Patient Safety

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?

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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