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Of red-letter days

July 1 typically marks the beginning of the new academic year in medicine.  Third year students start their clerkships, interns start their first day as “real doctors,” residents become fellows, residents and fellows become attending physicians, and so on.  One hospital at which I shadowed one summer had most of their services drastically reduce the number of patients seen in resident/fellow-run clinics to allow everyone to settle into their new roles, and I’m sure many other academic medical centers do something similar.  Nonetheless, there is an interesting body of research on the “July effect.”  While it’s generally a good idea to stay out of the hospital at all times of year, maybe it’s worth trying extra hard in July?

Of much greater importance however, is that this year, July 1 marks the beginning of the 144th year of a remarkably successful continuous functioning of  peace, order, and good government in the upper reaches of North America (except Alaska).  Happy Canada Day!

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