Newspaper/Magazine Article

The misery of a doctor's first days.

Hester JL.

Although there is no consensus regarding whether the "July effect" actually exists, it is not hard to imagine the difficulties associated with the first days of practice for a new physician. This magazine article reports on the challenges first-year residents face, including burnout and gaps in practical experience, and describes efforts meant to address this problem, such as duty-hour reform and humanistic curricula in medical schools to help physicians develop their own professional identity.