Online Course

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Intentional Practice for Christian Physicians interest form

Do you want to reconnect with what called you to medicine in the first place and find ways to align your daily work with your calling as a Christian physician? This course will help you reimagine your work and discover new ways to deal with stressors and challenges, to resist burnout, and to recover intrinsically rewarding practices of medicine.

This course is eligible for 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


About the Course

“Intentional Practice for Christian Physicians” (October 24 - November 21, 2021) is a four-week learning experience designed with the working Christian physician in mind. Through online lessons, practical exercises, and a weekly discussion online via Zoom with your peers and course instructors, you will learn to:

  • Assess your own experiences of burnout and vitality
  • Use proven tools to connect with the meaning of medicine and how it fits into your Christian vocation
  • Align what you do on a daily basis with what you believe is of genuine value
  • Create a personalized action plan for cultivating vocationally satisfying work as a physician

Education Credits

Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this course activity for a maximum of 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Your Instructors

Farr Curlin, MD (Josiah Trent Professor of Medical Humanities), is a hospice and palliative care physician at Duke University, where he teaches in both the School of Medicine and the Divinity School. In the Divinity School, he also co-directs the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative. Curlin's scholarship focuses on the intersections of medicine, ethics, and theology, and particularly on what medicine is for, what characterizes good physicians, and how doctors become and remain the sorts of physicians they believe they are called to be.

Ryan Bayley, MD (Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Surgery, Duke University; Founding Partner, Bayley Coaching Solutions), is a physician executive coach. His work focuses on using Contextual Behavioral Science (CBS) to improve the physician experience. Incorporating insights from both cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, CBS offers evidence-based techniques applicable to a wide range of occupational challenges within healthcare, including leadership development, resilience building, and intentional career design. In addition to speaking and coaching nationally on these topics, Bayley continues to practice clinical medicine as both an emergency physician and EMS medical director.

What’s Included

  • Digital lesson content. Through concise video lessons and curated readings, you will gain foundational concepts and frameworks you will apply to your work and calling as a physician. 
  • Exercise workbook. You will receive a physical copy of our 40+ page workbook designed to guide meaningful reflection and help you master new skills.
  • Engage with your instructors. Gain insights and delve deeper into each week’s topics during weekly one-hour Zoom class meetings with Curlin and Bayley (Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm U.S. Eastern Time).
  • Expand your network. Become part of a community of faith and practice with the other physicians taking the course, connecting during weekly Zoom classes.


Tuition for this course is $1,500. Course fees are non-refundable.

As part of Duke University’s commitment to supporting lifelong learning for our alumni from degree programs, Duke alumni are eligible to receive a 20% tuition discount.