Eliminating The “July Effect”?

Researchers at the University of Minnesota offered a new voluntary course in April of the fourth year of medical school to students who had matched into surgically-related specialties.  The course included sessions on technical skills as well as the general medical management of acutely ill hospitalized patients.  Once the students became interns, their supervising residents rated them as superior to comparator interns from other institutions (who had not taken the new course).  By the end of August, the ratings of interns who had taken the course and the comparator interns had equalized. — Laura Willett, MD

Antonoff MB, Swanson JA, Green CA, Mann BD, Maddaus MA, D’Cunha J.,The significant impact of a competency-based preparatory course for senior medical students entering surgical residency.,Acad Med. 2012 Mar;87(3):308-19.

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