Faculty, Students and Residents Share Their Artistry at the Talent Show – Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
The show was the brainchild of Archana Mishra, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Care, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. She got the idea when her niece was getting married in India during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our family is scattered around the world, and with travel restrictions in place, it was obvious that an all-in-person wedding would be impossible. Instead, we each decided to do a little virtual performance for the couple. “None of us are particularly talented, but despite that (or maybe because of it), the celebration was a lot of fun. As soon as we finished the wedding, I thought, ‘Why not do the same with my other family – UB?’ “
More than two dozen people participated in the talent contest. First- through fourth-year medical students participated along with faculty and resident physicians who care for patients at UB’s partner hospitals, including Buffalo General Medical Center, Oishei Children’s Hospital, VA Health Care System of Western New York and the Erie County Medical Center. Some of their nursing colleagues also joined them.
Despite some technical glitches, the event was a success. There were 245 registrants, the vast majority of whom watched the event via video conference, often reveling in the proceedings via the chat function.
“It’s fantastic. There’s so much talent in our medical school that I didn’t know about,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi, who watched with his wife, Kamlesh. absolutely loved it. Thanks for arranging it.
“I remain continually impressed by our talent as faculty and staff, students and residents,” said Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president of health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School, who watched with his wife, Peggy. “It shows how important it is for each of us to have at least one hobby or activity outside of medicine that relaxes and refreshes us. We live in a stressful world and we have stressful responsibilities. is an important part of wellness and health. Thank you all for entertaining us.
“I am so honored to be here and to see that our students – who study to care for others – have incredible additional talents,” said Ellen E. Grant, deputy mayor of Buffalo, who also followed the debates. “On behalf of Mayor Byron Brown, I want to congratulate and thank you for contributing to our city in so many ways.
Alan J. Lesse, MD, Senior Associate Dean for the Medicine Program, served as emcee.
“We have a really superior talent pool that spans a lot of different disciplines,” Lesse said.
The talent show was split into four separate sessions, with five performances or submissions per session and one winner for each. Spectators had the opportunity to vote for the winning teams, in addition to participating in a quiz and a treasure hunt.
The winners – and their eponymous performances – were:
Adetayo Oladele-Ajose, second-year medical student
Performance: Extraordinary Ukulele
Sophia Park, second-year medical student
Performance: One-woman band performing “City of Stars”
The other participants – and their eponymous performances or submissions – were:
- Bradley T. Jensen, freshman medical student
Submission: Oil paintings on canvas (“Sunflower” and elk painting “Caledon Creek”)
- Aakanksha Khanna, MD, with Nalini Kalanadabhatta, DO; Chanel J. Fernandez, MD; Puja Mehta, DO; Siri Gadde, MD; Alexandra L. Tibil, MD; Azka A. Shaikh, MD; Aya A. Phew, MD; Einas Batarseh, MD; Samana Mukhtar, MD; Diane Pham, MD; Stephanie Merner, RN; Doran Murray, RN; MJ Russo and Emily Beauchamp, internal medicine residents with nursing colleagues
Show: Dance Potpourri
- Mark D. Parker, PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Performance: Every talent show needs a novelty animal act
- Sourav Sengupta, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Submission: Handcrafted Furniture
- Madeleine Champagne, first-year medical student
Submission: Artwork (“Madonna’s Sunflower”)
- Ajay Chaudhuri, MBBS, Professor of Medicine and Head of Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Submission: Bengali song “Ekla Cholo Re” by poet Rabindranath Tagore, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913
- Angela Grassi, fourth-year medical student
Performance: Diabolo, a derivative of the Chinese yo-yo and a commonly performed circus act
- Aakanksha Khanna, MD, Chief Internal Medicine Resident
Submission: Henna Artwork
- David L. Kaye, MD, Professor of Psychiatry
Performance: Songs accompanied by guitar
- Anjuli Shah, third-year medical student
Submission: Art “Octopus Heart”
- Neha Jassal, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Performance: Bollywood dance style to a romantic song in the Punjabi language in which a girl expresses her feelings to her lover
- Elie R. Chemaly, MD, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology
Interpretation: Instrumental music on the piano (Johann Sebastian Bach— Invention n° 1 BWV 772)
- Arthur M. Edelman, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Performance: Everything You Wanted to Know About Extra Credit, But Were Too Afraid to Ask
- Suparna Saha, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Show: Dance Potpourri
- Aya A. Ouf, Internal Medicine Resident
- Ryan Salemme and Marc Ruszaj with Christine Toufexis, Clare Martin, Mary Kathleen Agarwala and Natalia Anna Alexandridi, fourth-year graduate medical students
Performance: Dance/Musical Performance (parody of “Dirty Dancing”)
“Thank you to all of our artists who took the time to submit performances and really entertained us tonight,” said Mishra, who hopes to make the talent show an annual event.
Jacquelyn Jordan, MD, internal medicine resident, coordinated the scavenger hunt. Comedian Jane Fischer was the game master for the trivia contest, which was won by fourth-year graduate medical student Adam Siedlecki.