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Physician Well-Being Index

This validated, confidential, 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): fellow20
  • U.S. Resident Members (individuals completing surgical training programs): resident20

Enter the invitation code that corresponds to your membership status.

Watch an instructional video on how to use the Physician Well-Being Index or find more information in the User Guide.

Access Your Well-Being Index

Using the Tool

Upon accessing the Index for the first time, you will need to register, 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. Access additional details about Privacy and Confidentiality.

The registration screen collects the following information to create your well-being report and compare your well-being to others nationally:

  • Email-address
  • Gender
  • Medical school graduation year
  • Specialty
  • State

This information is kept confidential and is not shared.

After registration, you proceed to the assessment screen. The assessment takes an average of 2 minutes or less to complete. Results are available immediately.

Benefits of the Physician Well-Being Index

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. 

Privacy Information for the Physician Well-Being Index

When providing information to set up your account in the Physician Well-Being Index, the system will ask for a minimal amount of information to allow for customization of the scores and results to your situation. The system uses an algorithm to generate results based on the information provided. You will also be asked for your e-mail address, which is used for subsequent logins to the secure system and to also send you automated reminders when it is time for you to reassess and see how your well-being has changed.

Your information also contributes to the anonymous, aggregate reports of overall surgeon well-being based on the different demographic groups (for example, specialty, gender). This information is used by leadership at the American College of Surgeons to better understand which groups—rather than individuals—may be experiencing issues so that appropriate programs and resources can be designed. System administrators do not have access to e-mail addresses or demographic information for an individual user.