Sydenham Leadership Training

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The Sydenham Training Course was originally designed by the UK Christian Medical Fellowship to to equip healthcare workers for ministry leadership by encouraging delegates to live faithfully as Christians in medicine.

It covers such topics as:

  • Principles of Leadership - 2 Timothy
  • Principles of Leadership – Nehemiah
  • Knowing the Bible
  • Medical Ethics
  • Growing in discipleship
  • God and the Workplace
  • Healthcare Mission
  • Advocacy and Justice
  • Sharing Faith with Patients
  • Evangelism and Apologetics

The course is named after the physician Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689) who was an outstanding pioneer of clinical medicine, an ideal General Practitioner and has been called ‘The Father of English Medicine’. He came from a Puritan family and was himself a man of deep Christian faith in the Puritan tradition.

Thomas Sydenham - Viquipèdia, l'enciclopèdia lliure

His famous advice to medical students as published in ‘Medical Observations concerning the History and Cure of Acute Diseases’ in 1668 states:

‘Whoever applies himself to medicine should seriously weigh the following considerations:

First, that he will one day have to render an account to the Supreme Judge of the lives of sick persons committed to his care.
Next, whatever skill or knowledge he may, by the divine favour, become possessed of, should be devoted above all things to the glory of God and the welfare of the human race.
Thirdly, he must remember that it is no mean or ignoble creature that he deals with. We may ascertain the worth of the human race since for its sake God’s only begotten Son became man and thereby ennobled the nature that he took upon him.
Finally, the physician should bear in mind that he himself is not exempt from the common lot but is subject to the same laws of mortality and disease as his fellows and he will care for the sick with more diligence and tenderness if he remembers that he himself is their fellow sufferer.’

Course Trainer:

Peter Saunders was born in New Zealand and originally trained as a general surgeon before serving with the Africa Inland Mission in Kenya and completing two years mission training at All Nations Christian College in the UK. From 1992 to 2018 he served full-time with the UK Christian Medical Fellowship, an organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members, first as Head of Student Ministries, and from 1999 as Chief Executive. Since January 2019 he has been CEO of ICMDA which brings together national associations of doctors and dentists in over 80 countries worldwide. His work has involved leadership training, teaching evangelism and ethics, medical mission, writing, editing, and media work. He writes at

Peter Saunders

Peter Saunders

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