- By Dana Sparks
Does it Make a Difference if Your Surgery’s in July?
The “July Effect” -- the notion that the influx of new residents and fellows at teaching hospitals each July makes that the worse time of year to be a patient -- seems to be a myth, according to new Mayo Clinic research that examined nearly 1 million hospitalizations for patients undergoing spine surgery from 2001 to 2008. Among those going under the knife, researchers discovered that the month surgery occurred had an insignificant impact on patient outcomes. The study will appear 1/29 online in Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine .
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