Harvard Says Train Medical Students and Residents Like Seals

In the wake of the spectacular work of Navy SEALS to locate and kill Osama Bin Laden, the training regimen and methods of that elite group have received quite a bit of attention.

Now researchers who recently presented their findings at Harvard Medical School are saying that the type of resiliency in the face of constant stress that is taught to Navy SEALs can also benefit medical students and residents during their training.

According to their findings, researchers say that emotional resiliency can be taught and the effects of chronic stress reversed. The best predictor of immunity to stress, is a strong social support network. Optimism (including faith in a higher cause or power), perseverance (work ethic), responsibility and integrity also count.

For my money, our nation’s doctors are just as good as our Navy SEALS at the work they are asked to do.  But if borrowing from the outstanding training methods of the military’s elite units will make doctors even better, medical schools and residency programs should take heed and adopt them.


About Bill Cadigan

WILLIAM J. CADIGAN is principal in the Law Office of William J. Cadigan, P.C. located in Chicago, Illinois. Before starting his own firm, Bill Cadigan was a member of the Health Industry Group of the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld L.L.P.
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One Response to Harvard Says Train Medical Students and Residents Like Seals

  1. Air Commodore (Retd) Dr HSR Arora,IAF,AMC says:

    In fact every Dr need to be trained like Armed Forces Drs,so to undertake extreme lavel of stress in difficult situations ie WAR/Terrorist attacks/Insurgency situation/Disasters.It conditions u on how to create maximum output with limited resources, to undertake maximum lavel of stress.Peace time training prepares for these situatiions I was benifitted tremendously since I participated in all above kind of events while serving with Army/Navey/Air Force.It gives a tremendous sense of achievement when u save life&limb of HUMAN BEING.
    Air Commodore(Retd) Dr HSR Arora

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