Sydenham Leadership Training

The Sydenham Training Course was originally designed by the UK Christian Medical Fellowship 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.’

To apply for the next Sydenham Leadership course,
choose a regional cohort and
 fill in the form below.

Please only apply if you are committed to attending all sessions.

Regional courses are available in four languages:

English cohort
Applications close 18 April

11 Wednesday sessions
18:30-19:30 UTC+0
21 April - 30 June

Portuguese cohort
Applications closed on 5 April

11 Saturday sessions
19:00-20:00 UTC+0
17 April - 19 June

Spanish cohort
Applications close 19 April

11 Friday sessions
19:00-20:00 CAT
30 April - 9 July

French cohort
Applications close 3 May

11 Wednesday sessions
17:00-18:00 UTC+0
12 May - 21 July