Apr 6, 2020
"Sick versus not sick. Discerning this is a skill I first heard about long ago as a third-year medical student, then honed during my acting internship, residency, and 2 decades as an attending. ... And still, in this moment, I questioned whether I was making the right decision. Impostor syndrome reared its head."
Dr. Terry Kind describes the useful purpose self-doubt can play throughout a physician's career. It helped her to think critically and make better decisions in caring for a 2-day old infant.
This essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the April 2020 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at academicmedicine.org.