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High-Performance Medicine: Lessons Learned From Navy SEALs and World Class Performers

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Nguyen T, Ferguson B. High-Performance Medicine: Lessons Learned From Navy SEALs and World Class Performers. November 2018. doi:10.25373/ctsnet.7302173.

Filmed at the 2018 STS Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Tom Nguyen of the University of Texas Houston interviews former Navy SEAL Brian Ferguson of Arena Labs about the pursuit of performance excellence in medicine, and particularly in the realm of cardiothoracic surgery. They discuss how to handle high levels of stress and anxiety in order to optimize one's performance, and how to obtain relevant training for surgeons and their teams both effectively and affordably.


This is a fantastic program. So many civilians don't understand that in the military we were taught real leadership principles: lead by example, support your team, lead from the front, take total ownership of the result, total integrity, etc. The truth is that real military combat leaders are far more collaborative and horizontal in their leadership style than most surgeons and definitely most hospital administrators. We can learn a lot from the upper echelon of team leaders in our military: the US Special Forces. Lesson #1, we need training in leadership same as these soldiers.

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