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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-3

Unmasking the student impostor: Remedies for the impostor phenomenon to promote student success in the clinic

1 School of Physical Therapy, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA
2 School of Physical Therapy, University of Findlay, Findlay, OH, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Allison J Durham
School of Physical Therapy, 104 Health and Human Services, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_36_21

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Healthcare graduate students are constantly adapting to various practice settings and increased rigor to meet program expectations. This increasing level of high expectations and having to perform in front of competent clinicians often induce feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and fraudulent characteristics of a student impostor. Individuals who identify with the impostor phenomenon may set high self-standards of performance to feel worthy, feel fraudulent, and lack a sense of belonging, and often attribute personal successes to external sources or situations. Identifying the student impostor is the initial step to fostering student success in the clinic. Clinical and academic faculty suspecting a student impostor should take immediate measures to intervene to prevent further decay of the student’s clinical experience. Unmasking the student impostor followed with swift interventions using suggested strategies provided in this paper will improve the student’s and preceptor’s overall clinical experience, leading to a positive outcome.

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