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Grappling with Stress During the Pandemic? ACS Well-Being Resources Are Here to Help

Figuring out how to maintain one's well-being, avoid burnout and continue to provide quality patient care is challenging in the best of times, with 52 percent of surgeons reporting burnout. The COVID-19 pandemic also exacerbates many of the stressors that decrease well-being, such as pay inequity; loss of employment; strain within financial, social, health care, and community systems; and more.

As we continue to grapple with stress and the pandemic, it is important to engage in learning about surgeon well-being, assess your well-being, and evaluate the areas you feel need support and the areas in which you're thriving.

The ACS Surgeon Well-Being Program is committed to fostering well-being, resilience and work-life integration for surgeons at every career stage. As you continue to navigate your life and career amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, we encourage you to use the following tools to engage in your well-being and visit ACS Surgeon Well-Being Resources for more tools, resources and articles.

One important tool in assessing your well-being is the ACS Surgeon Well-Being Index. Check out a video guide on how to use the Surgeon Well-Being Index with more information in the user guide. 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 is private and your individual score will not be shared with anyone, including the ACS. Access for International members is not currently available.

Other well-being resources include the following:

Physician Support Line
24/7 Support Line staffed by psychiatrists at 1-888-409-0141

Work & Well-Being Toolkit for Physicians
This toolkit is designed for use by physicians to facilitate their individual and workplace well-being. Source: Behavioral Health & Wellness Program University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine

Stepsforward: Burnout and Well-Being
Modules offer strategies on how to engage health system leadership, understanding physician burnout and how to address it, as well as developing a culture that supports physician well-being. Source: AMA

Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Crisis for Health Care Providers Webinar Series
10-week webinar series featuring mental health and emotional wellness experts showing how health care providers can reduce personal stress during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as coping with other disasters. Source: UCSF-Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Pandemic-era burnout: How physicians manage crushing workloads and IT demands Source: Healthcare IT News

Suicide spike in Japan shows mental health toll of COVID-19 Source: The Japan Times

Sleepless Nights, Hair Loss and Cracked Teeth: Pandemic Stress Takes Its Toll Source: NPR

How the Pandemic Exacerbated Burnout in Healthcare Workers Source: Thrive Global

Pandemic Dangers Drive Some Doctors to Switch Jobs, Retire Early Source: US News

The threat to physicians that no one is talking about Source: MDLinx

Preventing Burnout Is About Empathetic Leadership Source: Harvard Business Review