What better way to diffuse the tension in a room full of anxious medical students about to find out where they'll spend the next years of their lives than a spontaneous dance performance?
What seemed spontaneous to hundreds of fourth year medical students at the David Geffen School of Medicine Match Day last Friday was actually planned months before. On Match Day, fourth-year medical students find out where they'll be doing their medical residencies. Lissa Yu, a fourth year student, had the idea to plan a dance flash mob during Match Day to help her classmates relax. She had heard of students at Loyola University Chicago's medical school doing something similar on Match Day.
"I thought, 'oh, what a cute idea,' and a couple of my friends had wanted to do it, so I thought, 'why don't we do it on Match Day?'" Yu said.
She also knew that several of her classmates had the talent to choreograph the dance. In the weeks before Match Day, student Justin Hayase made videos of the choreography and sent them to participating students via YouTube so they could practice at home.
"Two of our classmates are amazing dancers who are on a team at UCLA and we knew instantly that we wanted to have them do the dance," Yu said.
Watch the YouTube video to see the flash mob.