Harvard Medical School recently held a symposium on learning. The topic of the meeting was “Resiliency and Learning: Implicationsfor Teaching Medical Students and Residents.”
Chronic stress, as experienced by physicians, affects the endocrine and other systems causing immune suppression and metabolic disorders leading to depression, cognitive dysfunction and a lot of other bad things. Similar stress follows in the wake of natural disasters, war and severe abuse (again, pertinent to the practice of medicine).
The researchers found that these problems can be avoided or reversed by training as that undergone by so-called “stress-hardy groups” like the Navy SEALS.