The UC San Diego Health: Sanford Compassionate Communication Academy Fellowship is currently recruiting for its Spring and Fall 2024 cohorts. Open to all UC San Diego physicians, RNs, APPs, and medical educators.APPLY NOW
The Sanford Institute is proud to announce a call for nominations and candidates for several recruitment opportunities, including endowed professorships in medical education, research, and more.LEARN MORE
2019-23 Progress Report
Get an in-depth look at the impact the Sanford Institute has made since it's beginnings in 2019 to present day. The digital document profiles our leadership, highlights notable programs, and gives an exciting look at what's to come in our quest to understand empathy and compassion in healthcare and beyond.READ NOW
Get to Know the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion
Made possible by a generous gift from philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, the Institute for Empathy and Compassion at UC San Diego will explore the neurobiology of compassion, inform medical education, and address the epidemic of physician burnout.
Upcoming Center Events
Join our movement for a kinder, more compassionate health system and world by attending an upcoming event. In-person and virtual events are open to the UC San Diego campus, and local and global communities.
FREE VIRTUAL MINDFULNESS SESSIONS
During COVID-19, many of us are experiencing a great deal of distress around how to carry out professional and academic duties while tending to family members and friends. In this time of need, we are proud to partner with UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness to provide you with free, daily livestreams and recordings of mindfulness and compassion sessions. All sessions are open to UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students, and the general public.
Neurobiology of Compassion
Using state-of-the-art imaging technologies, combined with multidisciplinary expertise, institute researchers will map empathy in the brain and its neurological underpinnings to design new ways to translate biology to behavior.
Through empirical research into mechanisms that enhance compassion and empathy, institute scientists will provide evidence that informs educators about curricular design and aids them in piloting interventions and assessing results.
Burnout and mental health issues impact roughly half of all practicing physicians. New programs and approaches, based upon institute data and discoveries, will promote wellness programs to prevent, intercept and reverse the health epidemic afflicting current clinicians.