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Best Medicine attendees laugh at the show Friday, Feb. 23 at the Lyric Theatre
Photo by Chris Dennan/Staff Photographer

Kristina Balciunaite
Life & Style Editor
kribal@uab.edu

Songs about the struggles of a medical student, BuzzFeed-style videos with professors attempting to differentiate microscopic images from body tissue to toilet paper and even a remake of The Office’s lipdub video were just some features of the ninth annual Best Medicine Show. A packed Lyric Theatre audience welcomed comedians, musicians and other performers in the medicine-themed benefit event Friday, Feb. 23. 

“It’s tradition,” said Ashley Pettaway, a fourth-year medical student and chair of the Creative Direction Committee for the Best Medicine Show. “It’s an outlet for medical students, a way to highlight our talents.” 

The idea behind the show is to relieve stress and sickness with laughter and fun, hence using the saying “laughter is the best medicine” in the tagline. Various videographic and theatrical skits had the audience laughing to the point of tears.  

“It’s the funniest night of the year,” Brooke Becker, a second-year medical student and performer of the closing act at the Best Medicine Show. “It’s a lot of laughs and it’s really fun.”  

A friendly and vibrant atmosphere continued throughout the evening. For some, this show brought forth feelings of sentimentality as they near graduation.  

“It feels nostalgic almost,” said Ravi Jariwala, a fourth-year medical student. “I’ve been through this four or five times, and it’s my last year.”  

According to Abby Threet, director of the Best Medicine Show, when the skit night first started, the attendance kept growing so rapidly that they decided to turn it into a production instead. 

“It was just a bunch of medical students that got together to take a break from studying and have a good time,” said Cassie Shaw, a second-year medical student and merchandise chair for the Best Medicine Show. “Now, it’s a variety show that highlights that medical students do things other than studying.”  

The proceeds of the show are dedicated to a charity. This year, for the second consecutive year, the receiver was Equal Access Birmingham, a clinic operated by students for Birmingham residents who do not have medical insurance. This has made the show much more personal for the students involved.  

“This is what I have invested myself in most during medical school,” Threet said. “I’ve spent three years working with this organization. It means so much to me just to see students come together and have fun and use their creative talents for greater good.”  

This year, the show received a record amount of performance submissions, extending the whole show to last a full two and a half hours. 

“It’s become something incredible,” Threet said. “It’s both meaningful and fun. You get to see what talents all of these future [doctors] have hiding underneath their white coat.”

Aura and Real Life Poets host 2nd annual Spoken Truth Poetry Festival

Join us for a full day of artistry and workshops at the Spoken Truth Poetry Festival on April 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UAB’s Hill Student Center. Admission is free for all attendees. Aura Literary Arts Review (UAB) and Real Life Poets, Inc. have partnered to bring an array of activities to this year’s poetry festival, including a variety of workshops, a poetry slam, and a special poetry showcase highlighting spoken word performers in the region. Workshops begin at 1 p.m. with topics varying from the art of performing poetry, how to become a published author, and how to create your own handmade magazine.

Poetry slam participants must be between the ages of 15 and 21. The poetry slam begins at 5 p.m., followed by the poetry showcase at 6:30 p.m. We believe that art is a vital form of expression that develops independence, enhances creative and critical thinking, and encourages higher order thinking such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Art crosses cultural boundaries and breaks down social, religious and racial barriers. UAB’s Aura Literary Arts Review and Real Life Poets, Inc. aim to encouraging artistic expression, especially amongst the youth and young adults in our community who will someday help activate and bring about change in our world. So be prepared to enjoy a monumental day of truth and expression!

*To register to attend the workshops or participate in the poetry slam, visit www.uab.edu/studentmedia.com. For media inquiries only, contact 205.585.8271 or email info@reallifepoets.org




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