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Well-Being and Assistance

Join the Wellness Challenge at ACS Clinical Congress

Wellness Step ChallengeCan you step up to the challenge? Participate in a friendly competition with your peers and win prizes while "working" your way up the Challenge Leaderboard. All participants will be able to track their steps using their own Fitbit®, Apple Watch®, Garmin®, or the step trackers integrated on their iPhone/Android smartphone via Apple Health or Google Fit. All winners and prizes will be posted by 10:00 am CT on Thursday, October 8. Join the Wellness Challenge at the ACS Clinical Conference.


ACS Continues to Support Your Well-Being

It has been 29 weeks since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. During this time, many traumatic events and drivers placed stress on the population's overall well-being. We've witnessed increases in intimate partner violence, microaggressions and racism, health care disparities, pay inequity, and health care worker burnout. Experiencing traumatic events causing a foreshortened future that affects one's beliefs about the future including loss of hope, limited expectations about life, fear that life will end abruptly or early, and anticipation that normal life events—such as access to education, work opportunities, relationships, social gatherings—won't occur, and more.

Well-being often is characterized as having eight dimensions: emotional, occupational, physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, financial, and environmental. When one or more of these dimensions is affected by negative stressors, overall well-being begins to decrease.

The ACS remains committed to encouraging and promoting the development of individual well-being by providing resources and tools to support you as you continue to navigate life in the midst of  the COVID-19 pandemic.

One step you can take today is using the ACS Surgeon Well-Being Index. This video guide is a useful resource on how to use the Physician Well-Being Index and more information is available in the user guide. To start using the tool, Associate Fellows and Fellows can use the code fellow20 and Resident Members can use the code resident20. As always, the Well-Being Index is 100 percent anonymous—your information and score are private; your individual score will not be shared with anyone, including the ACS. Access for international members is not currently available.

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Intimate Partner Violence

A Pandemic within a Pandemic – Intimate Partner Violence during COVID-19 Source: New England Journal of Medicine

Mental Health

COVID-19 and your brain: 6 ways to control the damage to your mental health Source: World Economic Forum
Bringing the invisible battle into view Source: Modern Healthcare
Filling The 'Meaning Deficit:' Why Meaningful Work is Vital in a Post-COVID World Source: Thrive Global
Suicide risk and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic Source: The Lancet
Coping strategies in the age of COVID-19, as seen through a psychologist's lens Source: World Economic Forum
Mental Health in the US Is Suffering—Will It Go Back to Normal? Source: Wired
How to reduce the mental trauma of covid-19 Source: The Economist
Black Americans, suffering disproportionately from COVID-19, face a mounting mental health crisis Source: The Boston Globe

Healthcare Workforce

'Forever Altered': Health Care Workers Face Mental Health Struggles After Caring for COVID Patients Source: WBUR/National Public Radio
Grappling With The Rise Of Work-Related Suicide During The Pandemic: How To Support Yourself and Fellow Coworkers Source: Forbes
Work-life balance is a 'swinging pendulum' that requires attention on each side Source: Healio
It Is Time to Stop Stigmatizing Mental Health Among Healthcare Workers Source: Forbes
COVID-19 Creates Vicarious Trauma Among Healthcare Workforce Source: Health Leaders
'Moral Resilience Rounds': Johns Hopkins' secret to help staff navigate moral distress Source: AdvisoryBoard
4 ways COVID-19 is causing moral distress among physicians Source: AMA
Addressing Postpandemic Clinician Mental Health Source: Annals of Internal Medicine
Reducing the stigma of clinician mental health, pressure to portray perfection Source: Healthcare Dive
Burnout, Depression, Career Satisfaction, and Work-Life Integration by Physician Race/Ethnicity Source: JAMA
Physician survey reveals widespread burnout Source: Medical News Today
'We Are Therapists. After 6 Months of Lockdown, We're Almost at Breaking Point' Source: Newsweek

Health Equity

Equitable Public Health Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

Healthcare Leadership

15 steps to navigate crises and promote physician well-being Source: AMA
Making Anti-Racism A Core Value in Academic Medicine Source: Health Affairs
8 Ways Managers Can Support Employees' Mental Health Source: Harvard Business Review
Preventing a Parallel Pandemic — A National Strategy to Protect Clinicians' Well-Being Source: New England Journal of Medicine
An Exercise to Help Your Team Overcome the Trauma of the Pandemic Source: Harvard Business Review