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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. Click on a box below to explore the resources we have compiled.

Surgeon Well-Being Resources

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 to request your invitation code.

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.



Mindfulness and Work-Life Balance for the Busy Surgeon

Avoiding Burnout – Promoting Resilience: Strategies for the Surgeon

Surgeons share tips to beat burnout

Burnout crisis threatens medical profession

Burnout in Surgery

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

Diagnosis: Burnout

Physician Burnout Is a Public Health Crisis: A Message to Our Fellow Health Care CEOs

Burnout Among Health Care Professionals: A Call to Explore and Address This Underrecognized Threat to Safe, High-Quality Care

Bulletin Articles

Managing burnout: Seek outside help and foster a true work-life balance

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

ACS Publication

Being Well and Staying Competent: Challenges for the Surgeons

AMA Resources

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

The Case for Investing in Physician Burnout

Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Balance Among US Physicians Relative to the General US Population

ACGME Resources

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.

NAM Resources

NAM Resources

The National Academy of Medicine launched the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a network of more than 50 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. The Collaborative has three goals:

  1. Improve baseline understanding of challenges to clinician well-being
  2. Raise the visibility of clinician stress and burnout
  3. Elevate evidence-based, multidisciplinary solutions that will improve patient care by caring for the caregiver

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 Connie Bura, Associate Director, Division of Member Services, at