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The Importance of Resilience, Purpose, and Optimism in the COVID-19 Era

Surgeons, health care professionals, and others experience negative symptoms of well-being during the pandemic and are challenged to shift their mindset to lead in many different ways during COVID-19. Resilience, purpose, and optimism become important skills and attributes to focus on and continue to develop as necessary tools to move forward.

The following resources provide understanding of the three dimensions that form a resilience framework: the interpretation of current adversity and future possibility, the resilience capacity to tackle adversity, and the actions needed to become more resilient in the face of adversity.

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.

Leadership and Health Care Workforce

Speaking of Psychology: The Role of Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 with Ann Masten, PhD Source: American Psychological Association
How to Build Your Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic Source: Everyday Health
Want to Stay Healthy? Having Purpose Is an Ideal Starting Point Source: Forbes
Purpose and Productivity Aren’t the Same: Embracing a New Metric During a Pandemic Source: Forbes
Build Your Resilience in the Face of a Crisis Source: Harvard Business Review
12 Easy Ways to Be More Optimistic, According to ‘Optimism Doctor,’ Dr. Deepika Chopra Source: Forbes

Supporting Clinician Well-Being during COVID-19 Webinar

Thursday, May 7 | 1:30 pm ET

The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience will host a webinar on Supporting Clinician Well-Being during COVID-19 on Thursday, May 7, 1:30−3:00 pm Eastern Time, in partnership with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The webinar will discuss critical needs, priorities, and emerging strategies to support the well-being of clinicians during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to describe the existing clinician burnout crisis before COVID-19; spotlight programs, resources, and leadership efforts under way to address and monitor the mental health and well-being of frontline clinicians; as well as voice the need for a coordinated, national strategy to care for the acute and long-term health of clinicians during this public health crisis. Register for the webinar online.