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


Rare disease advocacy and issues discussed during 11th annual conference

Author: Kathy Jonas

Treating patients and families of those with rare diseases takes a gentle touch, persistence, a willingness to listen and additional time, according to four medical professionals who spoke recently about clinical care at the 11th Annual Conference on Advancing Rare Disease Research, Therapy and Patient Advocacy.

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