The Dalai Lama made a special presentation in Rochester on Monday, Feb. 29, at Mayo Clinic, where he has been receiving treatment for a prostate condition.
During a private address, the famous Tibetan Buddhist talked with staff about valuing education and compassion in health care. It is something Minnesota School of Business – Rochester stresses to students enrolled in its health sciences programs.
“The management of medicine by today’s health care professionals cannot be without compassion for the patient, those they work with, and those they manage/lead,” Kim Illg, Minnesota School of Business health care lead instructor said. “This is a fundamental emotional intelligence skill taught and demonstrated to our health care students as we teach and train them to be the health care administrators of the future. Head and heart (compassion) are the skills health care leaders need, as the field of Healthcare continues to grow and change. ”
The Dalai Lama’s health has been a hot topic since he canceled a U.S. tour last fall amidst his ongoing battle with prostate problems. The 80-year-old spiritual leader quietly returned to Rochester in January for treatment at the Mayo Clinic, but he appeared energized during a recent address in the Twin Cities that celebrated the Tibetan New Year.