Fear Not: Faithful Health Care
in an Anxious Age
Ample evidence indicates that physicians and other health care practitioners are as frustrated with American healthcare as ever before, and Christian practitioners are no exception. Many struggle to find ways of practicing that answer to their calling as healers, much less their calling as followers of Christ. In this context, Christians are tempted to cynicism and resentment. In the 2019 Practice and Presence conference, we will explore concrete choices Christians can and do make to do their work in healthcare Christianly. We will hear stories from Christian practitioners who have found ways to inhabit broken healthcare institutions faithfully, and from others who have created new institutions that better align with a Christian vision for health and healthcare.
Over 3 days and 2 nights, on the campus of Duke University, nurses, physicians, therapists, students, chaplains, and other health care practitioners will gather:
- To tune our eyes and hearts to see how God is present in our work in health care
- To engage scripture, theology, and Christian history—open to how our imaginations and our practices might be transformed
- To grow in friendship with one another in the context of shared meals, conversation, prayer and worship
- To rest, reflect, and respond to God’s love for us and for our world.
2019 Practice and Presence PDF Agenda
Seminars offer opportunity for deeper and more intimate discussion among conference participants. Each participant may select one seminar to attend during the morning session and one during the afternoon session. Read more about seminar offerings here: 2019 Practice and Presence Seminar Descriptions
Early registration ends August 18th.
Early Registration Cost
Trainee or Clergy: $200
Registration Cost after August 18th; Closes September 10th
Trainee or Clergy: $225
Durham Area Hotels:
Practice and Presence 2019 Suggested Durham Hotels
Continuing Education credits available for: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists and chaplains.
Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. As an IACET Accredited Provider Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development is authorized by IACET to offer up to 0.9 CEUs for this program.
In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Category 1: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurse CE: Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for up to 9.5 credit hours for nurses. Nurses should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.
Graphic Recording Posters from the 2018 practice & Presence Gathering
Click on the images below to download all five posters from the 2018 plenary sessions. Many thanks for Brittany Zeller-Holland from Two-If-By-Sea Studios for her beautiful work!
Abraham Nussbaum, MD, MTS
Dr. Nussbaum is a board certified psychiatrist who practices at Denver Health, an academic safety-net hospital in downtown Denver. He currently serves as Chief Education Officer, providing strategic vision, daily direction, and administrative oversight for Denver Health’s clinical education programs. In his practice, he strives to inhabit the roles described in his book The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician's Search for the Renewal of Medicine, asking how he and his fellow practitioners can restore patients to health through person-centered care.
Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD
Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a prize-winning historian with a Ph.D. in history. She practiced medicine for over twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, where she began writing. Her books include God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine and Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing.