Will Bynum

Assistant Professor in Community and Family Medicine
Duke AHEAD role:
  • Member
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.

Duke Ahead Involvement

Member Spotlight

Tell us about yourself.

I am in my sixth year as a family medicine faculty member, and I recently completed my first year in the Duke Department of Community and Family Medicine.  I currently have the privilege of serving as associate program director of the Duke family medicine residency, teaching Duke medical and PA students, and conducting research on self-conscious emotion in medical learners. Prior to arriving at Duke, I spent seven years in the US Air Force where I taught at the NCC Family Medicine Residency outside of Washington DC and deployed to East Africa in support of regional military operations.  I am married to my amazing wife Carson, who went to high school with me.  Ten years after graduation, we reconnected, and she finally acknowledged/reciprocated my high school crush and married me!

Why did you join Duke AHEAD?

I joined Duke AHEAD to contribute to - and grow within - a community of educators and clinicians who are dedicated to improving the educational experience we provide our learners, the quality of care we provide our patients, and the environments in which we work and learn.  Duke AHEAD continues to deliver on each of these core missions, and I'm thankful to be a part of such a dynamic community.

What do you hope to get out of Duke AHEAD?

Duke AHEAD continues to provide a direct conduit to an incredible network of educators, researchers, and administrators here at Duke.  Arriving to Duke without a network, Duke AHEAD provided me, on day #1, an immediate connection to scholarly resources, inter-professional partners, mentorship, and countless opportunities to get involved, and it continues to do so today.

What can Duke AHEAD do for you?

I view Duke AHEAD as a catalyst for educational scholarship, innovation, and inter-disciplinary collaboration within the larger medical school and university.  In one short year, Duke AHEAD provided me with numerous opportunities to test and improve research ideas and educational innovations.  The sense of community that it provides is both motivating and inspiring, and I am in awe of the quality of the work, support, and collaboration I have experienced in the organization.


October 8, 2018 - 12:05 pm

At this year’s 5th annual Education Day, the 2018 Duke AHEAD grant recipients were announced. This year 5 projects were funded totaling $36,350. See below for project descriptions and investigators and collaborators.

Related Events

January 8, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  • Will Bynum
    Assistant Professor in Community and Family Medicine
Hanes House 131

Other Professional Activity


Education and Training

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