Sometimes we have to take a stand and tell the truth, regardless of the consequences.
Yeah, I’ve got a lot to lose. Sure, I’m probably not the best messenger to speak on this topic. Also, I have zero data to support my position. Still, I don’t care. Here goes:
Dancing in clinical medicine is wildly under-utilized and the stigma around it should be obliterated.
Do vet schools tell future doctors about how an occasional display of The Running Man in the treatment room can set a fantastic tone for the morning? No. Do tech schools even MENTION the dougie, the floss, or the body roll and how a 10 second application of these techniques can make everyone around you smile? Not once. Do you know how many times I’ve seen dance feedback given in professional development meetings? Zero times.
It’s time to change this. We should be dancing more AND we should be dancing together. Like a group handshake that only happens when a certain song comes on, we should be figuring out how to get this done.
I’m imaging learning resources, some sort of mentorship program, and possibly a certification. It’s going to take time to get where we need to go, but we can start today. We can be the change we want in the world. All you have to do is put yourself out there.
Do it. Make strong eye contact with the most likely supporter in the room and do the Macarena. Show them that your hips don’t lie. Back that azz up in a work-appropriate way.
Don’t wait for permission. You don’t even have to wait for music. The revolution begins now!