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


Training for rock climbing teaches compassionate patient care

Author: Deanna Csomo Ferrell

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Belayers must maintain continual focus and not take their hands off their ropes, much the same way doctors have to focus on meeting their patients' needs and helping the patient get well. For that reason, learning how to belay and climb has been integrated into the Compassionate Care in Medicine (CCIM) course in the College of Science

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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…

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