OHSU lunchtime talk covers ‘impostor syndrome,’ bane of some in science

Ever have that niggling feeling that despite success in school or career that you will be “found out” at any moment? That you don’t truly belong where you are? That somehow you’re inadequate despite all indications to the contrary?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might have what’s called “imposter syndrome,” and while it could come up anywhere and for anyone, it’s often been associated with the sciences, academia and women (although men can experience as well).

I first heard about it  while covering some of the work of Willamette University professor Emma Coddington, who strives to help her students work through insecurities along these lines and gain confidence.

If you’re course about it, head over to a lunchtime discussion on impostor syndrome Nov. 4 at Oregon Health and Science University. The session will run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Medical Research Building’s Room 310.

Leading the discussion will be Kimberly Beatty, an OHSU tuberculosis researcher, and Lisa Schimmel, an OHSU psychologist. They’ll address how to recognize and overcome the syndrome.

For more information, go to the event’s Facebook page.

Susannah L. Bodman
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