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July Brings Influx Of Inexperienced Doctors To Hospitals

July is a time of change at hospitals throughout the nation. It's when new interns - just out of med school - begin treating patients.

These new physicians rely exclusively on their education and training, as they lack the experience of their older colleagues. That can be bad news for hospital patients needing competent medical care, as a missed diagnosis or medication error can often have disastrous consequences. The inexperienced interns are supervised by other doctors, but even the supervising doctors are in a new role.

Physicians have a graduated system: when an intern has completed his or her period of supervised practice, then the intern graduates from supervisee to supervisor. Unfortunately, this means that in July, the supervising physicians are learning how to do their job, too, making them more likely to make a mistake.

While you can't control when you need medical care at a hospital, if you are a hospital patient in July please be sure that your nurse or physician is taking the proper steps to ensure your safety. If you or a loved one is seriously harmed by a mistake, contact an experienced Ohio medical malpractice attorney to discuss your legal options.

Source: CNN Health, "The 'July Effect': Why Experienced Doctors May Not Deliver The Best Care," Zachary Meisel, July 17, 2012

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