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ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 105-109

Impostor phenomenon in veterinary medicine


1 Department of Clinical Studies, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, ON, Canada
2 Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
3 Department of Clinical Sciences, NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ryan Appleby
University of Guelph, 50 Stone Road E, Guelph, ON
Canada
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_17_20

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Background: Impostor phenomenon (IP), an internal perception of intellectual phoniness despite personal achievements, has been reported and evaluated in a number of professions, including doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and academic faculty. To date, this phenomenon has not been evaluated in the veterinary medicine. Methods: To examine the prevalence of IP in veterinary medicine, we surveyed veterinary students, house officers, and veterinarians at a large college of veterinary medicine. Survey measures included the Clance IP Scale (CIPS) and Young Impostor Scale (YIS). Results: The prevalence of IP in our population was 50%, 68%, and 34%, among students, house officers, and faculty, respectively, based on the responses to the CIPS. The prevalence of IP was 45%, 60%, and 26%, among students, house officers, and faculty, respectively, based on the responses to the YIS. Conclusion: Among veterinary students, house officers and faculty IP are experienced to a similar degree as that reported in other health professions.


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