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The Trauma of COVID-19 Disrupts Our Well-Being, ACS Resources Can Help

The COVID-19 pandemic is a traumatic experience for individuals, families, communities, and our world that extends beyond what is generally defined as well-being. The trauma of COVID-19 has disrupted familiar expectations, caused confusion and uncertainty, and implicated or altogether removed basic needs such as physiological, safety, belonging, esteem, and finding purpose and potential. Well-being in every life aspect becomes compromised.1

We’ve witnessed the loss of needs being met in areas such as intimate partner violence, diversity and inclusion, pay equity and employment, and more.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect every aspect of life, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) remains committed to your well-being and providing resources and tools to support you as you continue to adjust life during the pandemic.

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.

Mental Health

COVID-19's Psychological Toll: Mental Distress Among Americans Has Tripled During the Pandemic Compared to 2018 Source: TIME
Coping with sickness and stress Source: AAMC
The Science of Well-Being Source: Yale

Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19 Source: SAMHSA
COVID-19: Reducing the risk of infection might increase the risk of intimate partner violence Source: The Lancet
Tech Is a Double-Edged Lifeline for Domestic Violence Victims Source: Wired
‘Lessons never learned’ — How COVID-19 affects domestic violence rates Source: Medical News Today
UN chief calls for domestic violence ‘ceasefire’ amid ‘horrifying global surge’ Source: United Nations
Not Always Safer at Home: COVID-19 and Domestic Violence Source: SWHR

Diversity and Inclusion

Reducing Stigma Source: CDC
COVID-19: Acknowledging and Addressing Racism and Xenophobia Source: AHA
How COVID-19 is affecting physicians of color across the country Source: AMA
Racism and discrimination in COVID-19 responses Source: The Lancet
The new coronavirus affects us all. But some groups may suffer more. Source: AAMC
Black medical leaders: Coronavirus magnifies racial inequities, with deadly consequences Source: USA Today

Pay Equity and Employment

COVID-19 Crisis – Road Map for Navigating Key Physician Compensation Issues Source: BKD
How the coronavirus widens the gender pay gap Source: CNN
Pay cuts, furloughs, and layoffs for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers are mounting as the coronavirus pandemic hits hospitals Source: Business Insider
Coronavirus Hits One in Five U.S. Doctors with Pay Cut Source: Forbes
Navigating physician employment during COVID-19: Know your rights
COVID-19 Crisis – Road Map for Navigating Key Physician Compensation Issues Source: BKD


  1. Management Is a Journey. Motivation—Applying Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory. Available at: Accessed May 11, 2020.