Advisor(s)

Jessica Hinson, PharmD
Ohio Northern University
Pharmacy Practice
j-hinson@onu.edu

Karen Kier, PhD
Ohio Northern University
Pharmacy Practice
k-kier@onu.edu

Document Type

Conference Proceedings

Location

ONU McIntosh Center; Wishing Well

Start Date

22-4-2022 10:00 AM

End Date

22-4-2022 11:00 AM

Abstract

Imposter Phenomenon (IP) is a feeling of internal inadequacy and fraudulence in spite of any accomplishments or public perception. While IP has been described in various research articles, its effects on college education and perception of future career opportunities has not been widely studied, which this study aims to analyze. Students who are P5’s and are interns for ONU Healthwise were selected to take the Clance IP scale and participate in a focus group using the Delphi technique. Questions asked by the researchers explored the perceived impact of IP on their academics and future goals and ambitions, and the sessions were recorded to evaluate responses. The focus group results identified that high scoring IP students found themselves comparing their achievements to their peers. In addition, most students did not feel that IP affected their academic performance or perception of future career opportunities, however high scoring students noted that their relationships with their peers are affected by internalized feelings of inadequacy. Other findings of the focus group include finding ways to help deal with IP. Students mentioned that the best way to handle feelings of inadequacy is having a strong support system of friends and family, however it was noted that friends that are also studying pharmacy to be the best support system. The next step for research would be to conduct these discussions on a larger scale to see how IP affects more students.

Keywords: Imposter Phenomenon; Imposter Syndrome; Pharmacy; education; Delphi; residency

Notes

This presentation is part of the Honors Capstone Enhancement Presentation series.

This presentation was created and researched alongside "Focus Group Analysis of Imposter Phenomenon and Impact on Personal and Social Experiences" by Kasey Reneau.

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Apr 22nd, 10:00 AM Apr 22nd, 11:00 AM

Focus Group Evaluation of Imposter Phenomenon and Its Impact on College Education and Perception of Future Opportunities

ONU McIntosh Center; Wishing Well

Imposter Phenomenon (IP) is a feeling of internal inadequacy and fraudulence in spite of any accomplishments or public perception. While IP has been described in various research articles, its effects on college education and perception of future career opportunities has not been widely studied, which this study aims to analyze. Students who are P5’s and are interns for ONU Healthwise were selected to take the Clance IP scale and participate in a focus group using the Delphi technique. Questions asked by the researchers explored the perceived impact of IP on their academics and future goals and ambitions, and the sessions were recorded to evaluate responses. The focus group results identified that high scoring IP students found themselves comparing their achievements to their peers. In addition, most students did not feel that IP affected their academic performance or perception of future career opportunities, however high scoring students noted that their relationships with their peers are affected by internalized feelings of inadequacy. Other findings of the focus group include finding ways to help deal with IP. Students mentioned that the best way to handle feelings of inadequacy is having a strong support system of friends and family, however it was noted that friends that are also studying pharmacy to be the best support system. The next step for research would be to conduct these discussions on a larger scale to see how IP affects more students.

Keywords: Imposter Phenomenon; Imposter Syndrome; Pharmacy; education; Delphi; residency