Medical students to show creative side with evening of song and dance

The Best Medicine Show highlights UAB medical students’ creative talents as they host an evening of song, dance and comedy.

best medicine 2By Kendra Carter
Media Contact: Bob Shepard,

Students from the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will take the stage Friday, Jan. 30, in the Boutwell Auditorium for the Best Medicine Show, an annual philanthropic event showcasing the students’ creative sides with short digital films, music and dance. Proceeds from the event benefit Equal Access Birmingham, a student-run program that operates a free primary care clinic for underserved people in the Birmingham area.

The Best Medicine Show, hosted by the School of Medicine Student Senate, is an opportunity for students to poke fun at medical student life with live acts, songs and videos. Live talent for the show includes dance groups, bands, singers, comedy acts and more.

“The Best Medicine Show is an evening of fun, laughter and entertainment,” said Sima Baalbaki, a fourth-year medical student and one of the show’s producers. “We all excel at studying; but our other talents are diverse, and the Best Medicine Show proves just that. The show provides students with the opportunity to share their creativity and originality with the entire Birmingham community through this fun-filled evening.”

best medicine 1And though the performers may be poking fun at their own lives, the show’s organizers say everyone can enjoy the show.

“Remember that friend or relative in the medical profession who is oblivious that no one understands what they are talking about? Or that doctor you see who seems just a little bit quirky at times? If so, then you’ll appreciate everything The Best Medicine Show is about,” said James Earl Corley, a fourth-year medical student and Best Medicine Show producer. “It’s our chance to show everyone that we can laugh at ourselves and have a good time poking fun at the sometimes odd and peculiar things we go through on our way to becoming doctors.”

The show’s organizers say that, in addition to being a creative outlet, the show allows medical students to give back to Birmingham. This past year, proceeds from the show helped the Student Senate donate more than $16,000 to Equal Access Birmingham, an initiative created in 2005 to both improve health care access for underserved populations in Birmingham and provide UAB medical students with service-learning experiences.

“We use the show as an opportunity to give the proceeds we raise back to the Birmingham community in a meaningful way,” said Omar Ahmed, a fourth-year medical student and producer of The Best Medicine Show.

The show begins at 7 p.m. in Boutwell Auditorium, 1930 Eighth Ave. North, Birmingham. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Advance tickets are $7 for students and $10 for general admission. Tickets purchased at the door are $15. The online student price extends to students from other colleges and universities.