Despite a high prevalence of distress, few physicians seek help. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is here to help and has put together the following resources to support the challenges you may face as a surgeon. Click on a box below to explore the resources we have compiled.
Physician Well-Being Index
All U.S. Fellows and Associate Fellows in active practice and Residents and Fellows in training who are active, dues-paying members of the ACS are invited to use the Physician Well-Being Index.
This validated screening tool provides an opportunity for you to better understand 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% 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.
Contact the ACS Member Services staff at firstname.lastname@example.org to request your invitation code.
Using the Tool
Upon accessing the Index for the first time, you will need to register. The registration screen collects the following information, which is used to create your well-being report and compare your well-being to others nationally, e-mail address, gender, medical school graduation year, specialty, and state. This information is kept confidential and is not shared. You will also need to create a password for the site and agree to the terms and conditions. A detailed Privacy and Confidentiality Agreement is accessible from the registration page.
Once you've registered, proceed to the assessment screen. It should take no more than two minutes of your time to complete and your results will be available immediately.
Track Your Well-Being Over Time
The Well-Being Index tracks your results over time so you can retake the assessment periodically to track your progress. This allows you to correlate changes in well-being results to life and practice events. Based on your index results, the tool provides resources when they're needed the most.
Compare Your Scores to Physicians Nationally
The most accurate way to assess your well-being is to compare your results to physicians on a national level. The comparative groups include more than 7,000 physicians and 1,700 residents and fellows. You will see where you exceed and where you may be at a higher risk for burnout as compared to your peers.
Access Free Resources
We strive to provide education and awareness through resources. After completing the Well-Being Index, you will have access to both national and local resources that span multiple categories and topics.
We encourage you to invest five minutes in yourself by utilizing the Well-Being Index.
National Survey of Burnout among US General Surgery Residents
Avoiding Burnout: The Personal Health Habits and Wellness Practices of US Surgeons
Distress and Career Satisfaction among 14 Surgical Specialties, Comparing Academic and Private Practice Settings
Burnout among Surgeons: Whether Specialty Makes a Difference
Relationship between Work-Home Conflicts and Burnout among American Surgeons: A Comparison by Sex
Special Report: Suicidal Ideation among American Surgeons
Burnout and Medical Errors among American Surgeons
Burnout and Career Satisfaction among American Surgeons
Stress and Burnout among Surgeons: Understanding and Managing the Syndrome and Avoiding the Adverse Consequences
Addressing Surgeon Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation
The Aging Surgeon: When Is It Time to Leave Practice?
ACS Statement on the Aging Surgeon
Get Some Rest: Minimizing the Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Patient Care
Physician Personalities and Burnout
The Disruptive Physician: Addressing the Issues
Being Well and Staying Competent: Challenges for the Surgeons
AMA Steps Forward Professional Wellness Online Modules
These modules developed by the American Medical Association (AMA) on preventing burnout offer physicians an opportunity to assess burnout as well as adopt wellness approaches in their practices.
AMA Wire® Articles on Physician Wellness
Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Balance Among US Physicians Relative to the General US Population
ACGME Well-Being Resources
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) compiled resources that promote a culture of physician well-being and provide support in the case of burnout, depression, or suicide.
About Surgeon Well-Being
Thank you to the Board of Governors Physician Competency and Health Workgroup who were responsible for developing the resources listed here along with those included in the Physician Well-Being Index tool. The Workgroup is responsible for maintenance of physical and mental wellness for Fellows as well as addressing issues related to surgical competency, credentialing, and practice within expected community standards.
For more information about the Physician Well-Being Index tool or the other listed resources or to recommend additional resources to add to this site, please contact Connie Bura, Associate Director, Division of Member Services, at email@example.com.