Published: 2 June 2021| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/ygtxz64z4h.2
Md Shahjalal


Imposter syndrome (IS) refers to a sensation of not belonging, out-of-place-ness, and the conviction that one's competence, success is fraudulent and inauthentic. It's often enclosed as an individual problem to be overcome, for example, by keeping a list of achievements to remind oneself of evidenced accomplishments, by talking about one's confusions and precariousness. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of imposter syndrome, explore the frequency distribution of imposter syndrome in different institutions, and assess the factor contributing to imposter syndrome among medical college students.


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This prospective cross-sectional survey was performed in randomly selected four medical colleges between June to December 2019. The target population consisted of current medical college students. Interns or trainees were excluded from the study. The self-administrated questionnaire we used to measure imposter syndrome. The scale was used to do the dichotomous assessment for the presence or absence of imposter syndrome known as the Young Imposter Scale (YIS). This scale consisted of an eight-item instrument used to evaluate for imposter phenomenon. Answering "Yes"; to five or more of these questions was considered a presence of imposter syndrome [3]. A structured questionnaire was used to gather information about the following sections. Firstly, sociodemographic details (i.e., gender, age, body mass index, currently living with family or not), lifestyle factors (i.e., smoking habit, having best friends, sleeping problem). Secondly, academic information (i.e., institution, institution type, completed years, study preference). The third section contained eight questions studying respondent imposter syndrome.


North South University


Mental Health