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July the worst month to have surgery

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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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