3rd Melton D. and Muriel Haney Interprofessional Conference: Honoring Differences at the End of Life

This conference will gather health professionals, caregivers, and students with a shared interest in relieving suffering and providing compassionate care, recognizing the diverse needs of individuals and families at the end of life.

Saturday, September 17
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
McLeod Hall

Registration Fee: $75.00 | Contact hours are available!
The online registration deadline is September 7th.

For the full agenda and to register, visit the UVA CME Office website.

Resilient Nurses


Last year, the debut of Humankind’s Resilient Nurses program – heard on more than 100 public radio stations across the U.S. – ignited a national discussion about nursing, stress, and coping. Now, segments 3 and 4 in the series chronicle how nurses around the country are getting better at paying attention, keeping their reservoir of empathy full, and their compassion fully charged. And their stories are uplifting.
The Compassionate Care Initiative is proud to be sponsors of this important series. We hope you’ll listen to the latest installments online or tune in to your local NPR station over the coming weeks.


Got resilience? Why teaching clinicians to be mindful and resilient makes for more compassionate, safer, higher quality care -- and how the Compassionate Care Initiative does it. Watch our new video to learn more.

Ambassador Spotlight

Meet J. Forrest Calland M.D., F.A.C.S.:

He seeks to become an ambassador for the Compassionate Care Initiative to help advance the cause of improving the quality of professional life for healthcare providers -- not just because doctors, nurses, technicians and therapists deserve to experience joy and happiness in their personal and professional lives, but, also, because the safety and well-being of our patients may depend on their engagement and resilience.  Read more, here.  

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Introducing the new Compassionate Collaboration. Founded by Nursing and Medical Students, we passionately believe that true goodness is best grown when we work together, and we extend an invitation to you to join this dynamic collaboration in order connect and coordinate the efforts of so many at U.Va.. This stands as a centralized forum: a dedicated webpage where all collaborators be able to feature their work to the greater community, (via dedicated pages for research, initiatives, clubs, organizations, and clinical practices) and connect with like-minded individuals.


FREE Drop-in Sessions

No previous experience required; open to the public.

Please note, the University is closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independance Day. There will not be any drop-ins on those holidays.

Mondays | 12:15-12:45 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Michael Swanberg or Julie Connelly

Tuesdays | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Sam Green

Wednesdays | 6:00–7:00 a.m. | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Jonathan Bartels

Chair Yoga
Thursdays | 12:00-12:50 p.m | McLeod Hall 2025
Led by Dori Feldman

For other drop-in programs offered by UVA's Contemplative Sciences Center and UVA Medical Center, visit our activities page (link below).

Pearl of the month

"Compassion is a verb."

                                          --- Thich Nhat Hanh