Who We Are

The Hillebrand Center at Notre Dame works to restore the spirit of compassion in healthcare by advancing
the application of the science of compassion at every level of medical training and practice to transform
clinician well-being and patient care.

What We Do

• Teach undergraduate courses in compassionate caring and clinical communication skills for those
preparing for health professions
• Collaborate with local and national health care organizations to foster compassionate care in medicine
and all helping professionals
• Research compassionate care and communication dynamics in medicine
• Consult for health care organizations and continuing education/workshops for health professionals
• Mentor students in research projects, directed readings, and practical experiences in the area of
compassionate care in medicine


Honouring healthcare workers: Heroism & healing

Author: Zoe Langsdale

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Beginning in August, Irish Humanitarian, Sportsman, and Business Leader Alan Kerins will be launching "Healthcare Heroes' Retreats" with support from the Kirby Group. These retreats will offer frontline workers and their partners a free three-day retreat at The University of Notre Dame's Global Centre at Kylemore in Connemara, County Galway.…

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Corby Connections with Dr. Dominic Vachon

Author: Rose Carroll

Club Of Gettysburg

As the Director of the Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, Dr. Dominic Vachon studies the biology and neuroscience of empathy, compassion, and burnout in the health care professions. He teaches future physicians and nurses about how compassion improves not only the care provided to patients but also the well-being of the health care provider.…

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