William Edwards Bynum

Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health

Since arriving to Duke in October 2017, I have enjoyed a highly rewarding mix of patient care, teaching, and research.  Prior to coming to Duke, I served seven years on active duty in the US Air Force, during which I served as faculty in the NCC Family Medicine Residency (Fort Belvoir, VA), deployed to Djibouti in support of regional operations, and served multiple congressional delegations as a traveling physician.

I currently have the privilege of 1) providing outpatient primary care to patients from the Durham region, 2) educating Duke family medicine residents, medical students, and physician assistant students, 3) serving as the Associate Program Director of the Duke Family Medicine Residency, and 4) researching self-conscious emotion (shame, guilt, & pride) in medical learners.  In addition to ongoing empiric research, I have given numerous seminars, grand rounds, and workshops on shame in medical education, both here at Duke and in other organizations and national meetings.  I am excited by Duke's commitment to building supportive, psychologically safe learning environments and very much look forward to contributing to these ongoing efforts.

Education and Training

  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine, M.D. 2010

Selected Grants and Awards


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    Breslin A, Moorthy G, Bynum W. 80 Confronting Sentinel Emotional Events: An Innovative Seminar to Build Shame Resilience After Medical Error. In: Annals of Emergency Medicine. Elsevier BV; 2019. p. S31–S31.

    Bynum WE, Adams AV, Edelman CE, Uijtdehaage S, Artino AR, Fox JW. Addressing the Elephant in the Room: A Shame Resilience Seminar for Medical Students. Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2019 Feb 5. PubMed Central PMCID: 30730373.

    Bynum WE, Artino AR. Why we should strive for emotional candour in medical education, too. Medical Education. 2019 Feb 3. PubMed Central PMCID: 30714181. (Letter)

    Bynum WE, Artino AR, Uijtdehaage S, Webb AMB, Varpio L. Sentinel Emotional Events: The Nature, Triggers, and Effects of Shame Experiences in Medical Residents. Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2018 Oct. PubMed Central PMCID: 30277959.

    Simard MR, Kiley DJ, Kinkennon SL, Bynum WE. Promoting resilience through social connection: an intern workshop. Medical Education. 2018 May;52(5):563-564. PubMed Central PMCID: 29572904.

    Bynum W, Varpio L. When I say … hermeneutic phenomenology. Medical Education. 2018 Mar;52(3):252-253. PubMed Central PMCID: 28895184.

    Bynum WE, Artino AR. Who Am I, and Who Do I Strive to Be? Applying a Theory of Self-Conscious Emotions to Medical Education. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2017 Oct 24. PubMed PMID: 29068821.

    Bynum WE. Hardly Full Metal Jacket : What We Can Learn From a Military Learning Environment. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2017 Oct;9(5):657-658.

    Bynum WE. Assessing for Learner Shame Should Be a Routine Part of Remediation for Unprofessional Behavior. Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2017 Apr;92(4):424-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 28350588.

    Bynum WE, Haque TM. Risky Business: Psychological Safety and the Risks of Learning Medicine. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2016 Dec;8(5):780-782. PubMed Central PMCID: 28018550.