Webinar: Imposter Syndrome Uncovered by Dr. Katie Ford

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Why you should attend the webinar

Do you sometimes feel like you ‘fluked’ it or just got lucky?
Worried the email is on the way to say you secretly didn’t pass finals?
You’re not alone.
Imposter syndrome is a topic gaining more coverage in the veterinary profession, but what actually is it? Where does it come from? And, importantly, what can we do about it?
Originally documented in the 1970s, researchers found that amongst groups of high achieving women, feelings of fraudulence, and fear of being ‘found out’ were rife. This was despite marked external success. Since then, further studies have shown that all genders were equally affected, and imposterism has been documented across many professions, with upwards of 70% of the population believed to be affected at some point.
In the veterinary world, this might manifest as an inability to accept praise, believing that anyone could have achieved case success and discounting achievements. The underlying narrative of being outed as a fraud appears rife, and thankfully is slowly becoming less of a taboo.
Imposter syndrome itself is not a mental health condition, and is more considered a reaction to certain stimuli, but can progress to anxiety and depression if left unaddressed.
In this webinar, we will cover:
– What is imposter syndrome and how might we identify it?
– The five types of imposter syndrome
– A review of some of the studies around the topic in medical fields
– The origins and drivers of imposter syndrome
– Actionable steps that can be taken today to help.

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About Dr. Katie Ford

Dr. Katie Ford graduated with distinction from the University of Liverpool in 2012. Since then she has continued to work in small animal first opinion practice, gaining her RCVS Certificate in Internal Medicine in 2017.  Realising the power of preventative mindset strategies through her career and own struggles with imposter syndrome, she trained as a coach and now teaches other professionals how to use these techniques to thrive in the veterinary world. She regularly helps individuals and companies on topics such as gratitude, self-worth and dealing with “Imposter Syndrome”. She was keynote speaker at BVNA This Is Us 2020, and is better known as @katiefordvet on social media.


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