Going to a “teaching hospital” in the months of June, July, or August is even more dangerous than usual…
If you or a loved one is considering any sort of hospital visit for an elective or nonemergency procedure, you absolutely should stay clear of any medical facility that is considered a “teaching hospital” during the summer.
Doctors in training, so-called “residents,” start training every year on July 1.
So in June, the senior residents are about to leave for the real world and couldn’t care less about taking care of you… They are thinking about getting out of there, finding a real job, and starting to pay down their six-figure debt.
The new doctors coming in on July 1 just graduated from medical school. Most can’t yet find their way out of a paper bag.
But worse… the senior hospital staff doctors, called “attendings,” who are supposed to supervise the new kids, are taking summer vacations. Most let the senior residents run the show.
The good news is that the problem is temporary.
Once September hits, the new docs have a few months of experience under their belts. And the attendings are back at work and supervising again… And the hospital is as safe as it gets.