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Surgeon Well-Being

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.

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.

Well-Being Index Invitation Codes

U.S. ACS Fellow/Associate Fellows (practicing surgeons): st9asx
U.S. Resident Members (individuals completing surgical training programs): ea7fscrq

Enter the invitation code that corresponds to your membership status.

Access Your Well-Being Index

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.

Participate Now

We encourage you to invest five minutes in yourself by utilizing the Well-Being Index.


We have compiled resources from the College, the American Medical Associate, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

View the resources

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.

Contact Us

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 Kathleen McCann at