Achieving a proper mind body balance is not just something that sick patients may need, but their doctors as well. Medical school can be an extremely stressful time for people, and they may need a little help learning how to unwind and relate to their future patients. Recently, researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine found that mind body exercises may be just the thing to help medical students get what they need.
The researchers discovered that after taking an 11 week mind body course, medical students reported that they felt less stress, more compassion and more confident in their ability to teach mind body techniques to their patients. These findings suggest that having a mind body course in medical schools not only help medical students, but also spread awareness of how beneficial these techniques can be for patients.
Some schools have already begun implementing mind body programs. For example, the GW Hatchet, a George Washington University news source, reported that the School of Medicine and Health Sciences have implemented wellness initiatives to help medical students deal with stress.