It has long been known that all new doctor’s-in-training (called interns, residents and fellows) start the month of July with huge new responsibilities and very little experience. This produces the “July Effect” which can lead to medication related deaths and surgical errors in teaching hospitals. A new California study published on June 3, 2010 found that there is a significant increase in death in teaching hospitals during the month of July. If you need to have bunion surgery or ankle surgery in July, you can still do it safely. You can get tips in making sure you are not one of the July casualties by reading the latest blog article by San Francisco Podiatrist and Award-winning Foot Surgeon Dr. Christopher Segler. You can also view the entire published study by clicking here.