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ACS Resources Can Help Lessen Lasting Impact of COVID-19

As cities, states, and countries take steps to reopen schools, restaurants, businesses, governments, and so on, the lasting impact of stress, anxiety, fear, fatigue, burnout, emotional depersonalization, and more caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Well-being runs concurrent with the six phases of a pandemic framed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and often follows the Kübler-Ross Change Curve—manifesting in mental burnout, physical exhaustion, psychic trauma, illness, and more.

Traumatic experiences, like a loved one’s or colleague’s suicide, being subjected to intimate partner violence, and a victim of violence toward others, magnify the mental health issues associated with the pandemic.

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

Is the Pandemic Sparking Suicide? Source: New York Times
‘Some Of The Greatest Causes Of Misery’: U.N. Warns Of Pandemic’s Mental Health Costs Source: NPR
#HowAreYouReallyChallenge: Truth Telling For Mental Health During Covid-19 Source: Forbes
COVID-19 effect on mental health: Patients and workforce Source: The Lancet
How an Epidemic Outbreak Impacts Happiness: Factors that Worsen (vs. Protect) Emotional Well-being during the Coronavirus Pandemic Source: Psychiatric Research Journal

Intimate Partner Violence

A Double Pandemic: Domestic Violence in the Age of COVID-19 Source: Council on Foreign Relations
It’s hard to flee from your domestic abuser during a coronavirus lockdown Source: NBC News
‘Lessons never learned’—How COVID-19 affects domestic violence rates Source: Medical News Today

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity And Inclusion: What The Coronavirus Teaches And How We Must Respond Source: Forbes
Racial health disparities already existed in America—the coronavirus just exacerbated them Source: CNBC

Pay Equity and Employment

Doctors Without Patients: ‘Our Waiting Rooms Are Like Ghost Towns’ Source: New York Times
Navigating physician employment during COVID-19: Know your rights Source: AMA
Financial Support for Physicians and Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic Source: ACOG

Health Care Workforce

Doctors In Training Learn Hard Lessons During The Pandemic Source: NPR
We just became doctors. Our first assignment is the coronavirus Source: National Geographic
I’m an E.R. Doctor in New York. None of Us Will Ever Be the Same Source: New York Times Magazine
Voicing the need for a national strategy for long-term well-being Source: AMA

Health Care Leadership

5 ways to safeguard clinician well-being amid the COVID-19 pandemic Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
How Can Employers Design an Effective Burnout Strategy for Physicians Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic? Source: AJMC
9 ways Covid-19 may forever upend the U.S. health care industry Source: STAT
How Canada used a hackathon to create an app to reach IPV survivors through EAPs Source: BC Technology
Voicing the need for a national strategy for long-term well-being Source: AMA


Mindfulness and Mental Health During COVID-19, Wednesday, June 3, 5:00 pm Central
Next Generation Medicine: Well-Being & Resilience During COVID-19, hosted by UW-Gonzaga Medicine, Wednesday, May 27, 6:00−7:00 pm Pacific