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July the worst month to have surgery


If you need surgery, you might reconsider the timing. July sees the highest rates of patient deaths, and the reason is something many have suspected for years.

But now a new study confirms it. July is the month when new interns and residents get to work in teaching hospitals.

So what can you do?

You could try a community hospital. They don't use residents, but may be on a skeleton staff from summer vacations. You can also ask for a senior resident be present for any procedure performed on by a first-year intern.

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