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Your Well-Being throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

In late January 2020, multiple countries began to report their first known cases of COVID-19. While it was too early to understand how the virus was spreading and the effects it would unleash worldwide 16 weeks ago, we continue to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging the world in many ways. 

COVID-19 is revealing the burnout, stress, fatigue, and more that health care professionals manage in their careers. Well-being and care for yourself often take a lower priority during stressful, challenging times. The ACS is committed to helping you navigate your well-being throughout this time. 

One step you can take today is to use the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeon Well-Being Index. This video guide is a useful resource for understanding how to use the Well-Being Index. To start using the tool, Associate Fellows and Fellows can use the code fellow20 and resident surgeons can use the code resident20. As always, the Well-Being Index is 100 percent anonymous—your information and score are private and your individual score will not be shared with anyone, including the ACS. Access for international members is not yet available.

New Articles and Resources 

Health Care Workforce Well-Being

Maintaining Wellbeing Amidst the Fear and Uncertainty of COVID-19 by Taylor S. Riall, MD, FACS Source: Association of Women Surgeons

Mental health crisis looms in providers’ rush to care Source: Boston Globe

A Double Whammy: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Burnout in Medical Professionals Source: The Harvard Medical School, Lean Forward

How to Take Care of Yourself When You’re a First Responder During the Coronavirus Pandemic Source: Thrive Global


#FirstRespondersFirst Webinar Gives Healthcare Workers Tools to Safeguard Their Well-being Source: The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Supporting Healthcare Professionals During Unprecedented Times Source: The Schwartz Center