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Your Well-Being throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learning to manage and mitigate burnout as a health care professional during the COVID-19 pandemic is not a challenge you have to face alone. Building resilience and well-being and practicing self-care involve systems of support, including health care organizations, colleagues, family, friends, professional societies, and more. Prioritizing well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic is necessary. 

The ACS remains committed to providing tools and resources to support you. 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.


Factors Associated with Mental Health Outcomes Among Health Care Workers Exposed to Coronavirus Disease 2019 Source: JAMA

Preserving mental health and resilience in frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19 Source: AJEM

Coronavirus: How to Support the Mental Health of Your Healthcare Workers Source: HealthLeaders

Starter list: How you can support frontline staff during the Covid-19 crisis Source: Advisory Board

“We Are in a War”: Mitigating Burnout in COVID-19 Source: CAPC

Health Care Workforce

Service to Others May Be the Answer to Physician Burnout Source: JAMA

Could you get PTSD from your pandemic experience? The long-term mental health effects of coronavirus Source: CNBC

Caring For Yourself in the Face of Difficult Work Source: NIEHS

Another Workplace Crisis: Loneliness Source: HBR

Webinars and Video Modules on Well-Being and Self-Care

Video Modules on Disaster Behavioral Health Self Care for Healthcare Workers Source: ASPR

Mini Modules to Relieve Stress for Healthcare Workers Responding to COVID-19: Stress Management Exercise Source: ASPR