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.