Overcoming imposter syndrome
Feeling like an imposter is commonly reported by veterinary students and new graduates. In fact, this phenomenon is frequently reported by high-achievers in many professions. Several characteristics have been attributed to this complex syndrome, including self-criticism, feelings of insecurity, and the overwhelming surety that one does not really belong in this profession. The imposter syndrome is also a predictor of psychological distress and can negatively impact career advancement. Understanding how this syndrome arises can help to develop strategies that can be useful in overcoming it. This paper introduces some of the causes of imposter syndrome as well as some approaches that can be utilized by veterinarians to increase their resilience and coping skills in order to overcome feeling like an imposter.