Right Turn: What we can learn from a dancing doctor

Author: Erin Sugar, 10/09/15


When he’s not roaming hospital corridors, Dr. Adnan Khera, an anesthesiology resident at Boston’s Tufts Medical Center, can be found dancing on the city streets two nights a week. But he’s not dancing for fame, he’s earning money for his charity “Doctor Be Dancing” which has raised more than $5,000 for several charities over the past three months.

“Being a doctor is a lot about caring and a lot about comfort. You’re basically, ultimately, trying to form a connection with another human being and make their life better,” said Dr. Khera at an interview with CBS Boston. Khera fosters the same relationship with strangers on the street as he does his patients, noting that “even if they [his audience] don’t drop anything in the bucket, you know in that moment you’ve inspired someone.”

It is evident when watching Dr. Khera’s dancing videos that he is inspiring others to donate, while increasing his own sense of fulfilment and happiness in the process. Which brings into focus questions that everyone does well to think about: how are you contributing to your community and more importantly, what makes you happy?

For me, happiness is found when taking time out of my day to be mindful. While preaching the benefits of mindfulness meditation on the street may not garner the same crowd as a hip-hop dancing anesthesiologist, the end results could be similar. So, what can we learn from the dancing doctor? Whether it be donating to a homeless shelter, a scientific study, a local or international charity or spreading the word about Stem Cell Awareness Day (hint! It’s October 14th!), it’s important to support your core beliefs in more ways than a simple facebook “like.”


Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every Friday and we invite you to submit your own blog to info(at)ccrm.ca. We encourage you to be creative and use the right (!) side of your brain. We dare you to make us laugh! Right Turn features cartoons, photos, videos and other content to amuse, educate and encourage discussion.

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Erin Sugar

Erin Sugar

Erin Sugar has returned to the land of business savvy scientists once more as a communications coordinator at the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM). A recent BAH English Literature graduate from Queen’s University, Erin is on a mission to integrate herself fully into the stem cell and regenerative medicine (RM) community by scouring the deepest and darkest corners of the web. Here to make sure you are not left in the dark about the lighter side of RM news and culture, Erin delivers Right Turns that satisfy the most multifarious of cravings. You can reach Erin at erin.sugar@ccrm.ca
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