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Your Well-Being throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

On January 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to support public health partners in responding to the COVID-19 a pandemic. The last 11 weeks catapulted our economies and systems of health care, employment, education, social interaction, and more into the unknown. Routine, control, and habits shifted, altered, or altogether disappeared. Feelings of fear, anxiety, hopelessness, coupled with fatigue, stress, exhaustion, and loss of joy create an everyday experience of burnout. Well-being becomes a distant thought of life before COVID-19.

As you grieve the loss of what was life before COVID-19 and navigate your unknown, the American College of Surgeons is here as a source of professional resources and support as you rediscover your well-being amid everyday burnout. See additional resources here.

Updated Resources

The Surgeon Well-Being section of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) website is continually updated with curated articles, resources, and tools focused on well-being.

New Articles and Resources
Supporting the Health Care Workforce During the COVID-19 Global Epidemic Source: JAMA
Exercising Heart and Head in Managing Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Wuhan Source: JAMA
Coping with Fatigue, Fear, and Panic During a Crisis Source: Harvard Business Review
Repository of Resources from the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience Source: National Academies of Medicine
How to avoid burnout amid a pandemic Source: BBC
Burnout Isn’t Just in Your Head. It’s in Your Circumstances Source: The New York Times

Assess and Track your Well-Being: ACS Surgeon Well-Being Index

It is important to take time for oneself amid COVID-19. Consider using the ACS Surgeon Well-Being Index to assess and track your overall well-being and identify areas of risk compared to physicians and residents across the nation. Access to local and national resources will also be targeted to you based on your results. The tool is 100 percent anonymous—your information and score is private and your individual score will not be shared with anyone, including the ACS.