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The July Effect: Is It Really A Bad Time To Go To The Hospital?07:57
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Ten medical schools -- including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Johns Hopkins -- do not have departments for family medicine. (proimos/Flickr)
Ten medical schools -- including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Johns Hopkins -- do not have departments for family medicine. (proimos/Flickr)
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Imagine it’s the final game of the season. The stakes are high and suddenly, a quarter of your team is subbed out and replaced with - rookies.

That’s how some people in medicine describe what happens each July when senior residents move on, and a wave of 30,000 or so newly minted doctors begin their residencies at hospitals across the country.

With all these newbies starting to make the rounds, is this a bad time to be a patient? Elana Gordon from The Pulse at Here & Now contributor WHYY in Philadelphia reports.

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  • Elana Gordon, health and science reporter for The Pulse at WHYY in Philadelphia. She tweets @Elana_Gordon.

This segment aired on July 8, 2015.

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