Imposter Phenomenon Among the Final Year (Part 1 and 2) Medical Students of a Private Medical College in the Union Territory of Puducherry: A Cross Sectional Study

Authors

  • Padma priya Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7670-4977
  • Rajesh Kumar Konduru Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry https://orcid.org/0009-0003-3868-6669
  • Manikandan M Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry
  • Anil J Purty Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2024.v36i02.010

Keywords:

Imposter Syndrome, Medical, Clance, Self-esteem

Abstract

Introduction: “Imposter syndrome” or “Imposter Phenomenon” is not a mental disorder but is considered as a psychological pattern in which people doubt their accomplishments and is associated with certain poor psychological functioning like low self-esteem can be detrimental to medical students. Objective: To find out the prevalence of Imposter phenomenon as well as it association with self-esteem among the final year medical students. Methods: A cross sectional study was carried-out among 249 medical students of a private medical college in the U.T of Puducherry using Clance Imposter Phenomenon scale. Results: 58.2% and 41.8% of the participants were in Part-1 and part-2 of final year respectively. It was observed that every participant had some degree of Imposter phenomenon. Low self –esteem, was found among 12.85% of the study participants. In this study there was no association between the low self-esteem and Imposter Syndrome. Conclusion: It is very clear that the burden of Imposter syndrome is quite high among the medical students as the reasons are varied. Extensive research to elaborate these is the need of the hour, as this information helps in designing the preventive measures for the students who are the future of the nation and the foundation stones of progress.

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2024-04-30

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C PP, Konduru RK, M M, Purty AJ. Imposter Phenomenon Among the Final Year (Part 1 and 2) Medical Students of a Private Medical College in the Union Territory of Puducherry: A Cross Sectional Study. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 24];36(2):215-21. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2702

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