ESCAPE FIRE: Changing Medical Education

Since its Sundance premiere in 2012, ESCAPE FIRE has screened for national leaders, medical experts, thousands of students, and the general public. The film opened in theatres last October, and had its broadcast premiere on CNN March 10th. From the Pentagon to local communities, ESCAPE FIRE has reached an incredibly diverse audience.

Last year, ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare screened on college campuses nation-wide two weeks before opening in theaters. Almost 6,000 students came together to watch the award-winning documentary, and to host discussions about the current state of the American healthcare system. The sentiments from these discussions became calls to action: service projects, course work, and blogs for undergraduates and medical students across the nation.

This year we’re doing it all again. On September 17th, ESCAPE FIRE will play at more than 60 college and university campuses across the country, followed by panel discussions and Q&As. We’ve partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), one of the widest-reaching non-profit health organizations in the US, to make sure as many students are aware of the opportunity as possible.

We’re taking the event a step further this year by donating an Educational copy of ESCAPE FIRE to each participating campus, allowing the event to incite change for years to come. Our hope is that students, after attending an entertaining event and participating in thoughtful conversations about their communities, will take on an active role in transforming healthcare.

In order to make sure this discussion doesn’t stop after school or with student groups, we have accredited ESCAPE FIRE for both Continuing Medical Education units and Continuing Nursing Education contact hours. Now, anyone who views the film, can get educational credit. And for the week of September 17th through 30th, the film will be available on iTunes for $0.99.

This is a unique and unprecedented chance for healthcare providers to utilise the film to elevate and deepen the national dialogue about our healthcare system and our role in leading it out of crisis.

Spread the word about this event on Facebook and Twitter. And find a screening near you.

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Brenda W.

iTunes is currently (Sept 18) listing it currently for $9.99, not the 0.99 mentioned in this post.

Vanessa Merker
Vanessa Merker

The Boston University student chapter of AcademyHealth and Students for Quality Healthcare are sponsoring a viewing on the BU Medical Campus at 6pm – Room R103 of the Medical Instruction Building.

We’re excited to have Winnie Roche, Associate Professor of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, and Jim Burgess, Professor of Health Policy & Management , join us to lead our discussion session afterwards, with food and drink graciously provided by the School of Public Health HPM department.

All in Boston are welcome to join, whether affiliated with BU or not!

MB Lewis

We’ve shared the word in Southeast Michigan, especially among nurses looking for Continuing Nursing Education contact hours. Our panel will be great, and we’re providing dinner, courtesy of University of Michigan School of Nursing Office of External and Alumni Relations. Details:

James Spicka

Tuesday 9/10 at 8:30pm EST on Twitter there will be a #HCLDR Tweetchat with Cristine Russell (@russellcris) is a veteran science and health writer and consultant to ESCAPE FIRE.

To join in the conversation use hashtag #HCLDR starting at 8:30 EST on 9/10. Check out the blog for topics and pre-chat reading.


Bobby Gladd

Cited this film on my REC blog.