Five Days to Friday: A Multimedia Performance About Current Challenges to Physician Mental Health

ACP is working with The New Theater of Medicine to present a special live Zoom performance of Five Days to Friday, an interactive play designed to promote discussion of current challenges to physicians’ mental health and strategies for improving physician well-being.

This event has concluded.


Five Days to Friday

Five Days to Friday is a 90-minute multimedia performance that uses the power of theater and dance to unpack the unseen stressors (gender bias and expectations, mental health stigma, toxic/unsupportive work environments) that all too often threaten the health and well-being of clinicians. Developed by a team of professional artists and focus groups of physicians, this presentation follows the story of a prominent physician and chief resident as they attempt to navigate a week of familiar challenges related to their professional and personal life. Characters include physician partners, spouses, and family.

A post-performance discussion, facilitated by Charles Samenow, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University, and playwright Jeffrey Steiger, focuses on using this theatrical production to achieve a deeper understanding of the issues at play and examine specific strategies for support and change.

Those attending the performance are encouraged to include their own partners, spouses, and family members (over 16 years).

Learning Objectives

By the end of the presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. List individual and systemic risk factors for physician burnout and suicide.
  2. Identify personal and systems-based approaches, tools, and resources to improve physician well-being and reduce burnout in their own organizations and practices
  3. Identify local and national resources to promote physician well-being and professional fulfillment.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available 24/7. Text 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or Disaster Distress Hotline (1-800-985-5990).

Visit the ACP I.M. Emotional Support Hub for additional support resources.

CME and Disclosure Information

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACP designates this other activity (blended) for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The individuals in control of content for this activity have nothing to disclose.

MOC and Claim Information

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.5 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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