This episode is all about imposter syndrome and professional identity formation and how they can impact your pursuit of post-graduate training opportunities.
Questions we discuss:
This episode's take-aways:
1. Imposter syndrome: feeling of inadequacy or doubting your capabilities. This feeling is not restricted to just students or residents. In fact, it is commonly felt by everyone, even those who are seasoned in their careers, especially when they have new experiences. This is an ongoing phenomenon you will encounter throughout your career.
2. Professional identity: thinking, feeling, and acting like a given profession (i.e. pharmacist). The “feeling” component of this can be difficult and can take a long time to develop the core values and behaviors of the profession. It takes a lot of time and experience to “feel” like a pharmacist.
3. Relationship between imposter syndrome and professional identity: not having fully developed a professional identity can lead to feelings of inadequacy (i.e. imposter syndrome). Professional identity formation goes through periods of growth, expansion, and reconstruction over the course of one’s career which can lead to feelings of imposter syndrome during those changes. Normalizing these feelings and embracing these new, but sometimes uncomfortable, experiences is fundamental to overcoming them.
4. Strategies to overcome feelings of imposter syndrome:
5. Marketing your professional identity: think about your personal identity and how it makes you unique (your personal beliefs and values and why those are your beliefs and values) and how they overlap with your professional identity. These make you unique and can help you brand yourself. Consider communicating those with your potential employers either in your interview, through your letter of intent, etc.
6. Pharmacy educators’ role in professional identity formation and curbing imposter syndrome:
Professional Identity paper discussed in today’s episode:
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