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Your Well-Being throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

As best practice policies and procedures shift and altogether change as a crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic, surgeons are adapting through redeployment to critical care and other specialties and rethinking the current practice of surgery. The attention to well-being and mental health needs to accompany these shifts and changes in tandem. This attention to health care workforce well-being and mental health is important regardless of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities and calls on all surgeons to lead at the frontlines. 

As you shift your mindset to leading during COVID-19, working in a new environment, working from home, quarantining, and more, American College of Surgeons (ACS) remains committed to providing tools and resources to support you. See additional resources below.

Updated Resources

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

Leadership during COVID-19
Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic Source: JAMA
Why the global response to coronavirus needs leadership from all of us Source: World Economic Forum
Calming Your Brain During Conflict Source: Harvard Business Review

Health Care Workforce Well-Being
Mental Health Needs of Health Care Workers Providing Frontline COVID-19 Care Source: JAMA
In a COVID-19 World, Mental Health Is Workforce Health Source: Forbes
How to Help Healthcare Providers Cope with COVID-19’s Psychological Toll Source: The Cleveland Clinic Consult QD
The COVID-19 crisis too few are talking about: health care worker’s mental health Source: STAT
Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals Source: JAMA

Microaggressions and Well-Being
How to Respond to Microaggressions Source: 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 also will 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. Access for International members is not available at this time.