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Join us for a special screening of the award-winning documentary 5B, the inspirational story of the courageous nurses and caregivers who took extraordinary steps to provide unprecedented care for patients of the first AIDS ward in the United States at San Francisco General Hospital.

5B is told through first-person testimony of the nurses and caregivers who built Ward 5B in 1983, their patients, loved ones, and staff who volunteered to create care practices based in humanity and holistic well-being during a time of great uncertainty. Watch the trailer:

Commissioned by Johnson & Johnson, 5B won the prestigious Grand Prix award at the 2019 Cannes Lions Festival.

Following the 82-minute film screening, School of Nursing faculty member Carol Dawson-Rose will moderate a panel discussion with Cliff Morrison, the creator of Ward 5B; Alison Moed, one of the 12 nurses who launched 5B; and Paul Volberding, professor emeritus of Medicine and director of the AIDS Research Institute.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29


  • 4-4:10 p.m.: Welcome and introduction
  • 4:10-5:30 p.m.: Film screening
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Panel discussion with Q&A

Location: In-person at Cole Hall or by Zoom via

This event is sponsored by the UCSF School of Nursing, the Associated Students of the School of Nursing (ASSN) and Johnson & Johnson.

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