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HPE Journal Club : Addressing Imposter Phenomenon, Professional Identity, and Wellness in creating able humane professionals

Date: 29 September 2021 (Wednesday)

Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Duration: 1.5 Hours

Platform: Microsoft Teams

Facilitator: Associate Prof Dr Sarmishtha Ghosh


The Goal:

The goal of this journal club is to have professionals to think outside the box in deciding the training of the future professionals.

Imparting knowledge and skills and awarding a degree with prizes and medals do not ensure the ultimate successful career of a professional. Many survive by trial and error and their own efforts and there are many who lose balance as they start feeling like a fraud in the system despite their abilities and qualifications. Such feelings may come from within or may be imposed by colleagues in the working environment, eventually that interferes with their professional identity and hinder their progress.

In creating able professionals in every area, these less addressed issues demand being addressed in this highly competitive technology enabled world where increased human distancing and interaction are becoming more and more apparent.

The Context:

Self-determination theory posits three basic psychological needs are necessary for wellbeing- autonomy, competence, and relatedness. In every profession, be it medicine or dentistry or nursing or pharmacy or academia, training is cantered in a culture expecting excellence with little room for failure. When expectation is not met as perceived by self or repeatedly told by superior or peer, this can create inaccurate self-assessment, feeling of inadequacy leading to anxiety, guilt and doubting self-ability. Professional identity means the way practitioners conceive of themselves in their role and it provides an “internal compass” to regulate their work. Identity formation is mainly social and relational in nature; therefore, the educators need to enhance students’ experiences maximizing opportunities. A sense of identity need — can have a large effect on professionals.

Thus, it appears that these two related areas need to be seriously dealt with, specially under the current pandemic when human connections have been curtailed to a large extent by social isolation and wellness has been affected by insecurity and decline in mental health.