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Impostor phenomenon among urologists in Saudi Arabia

  • Meshari A. Alzahrani1
  • Mohammed Shareef2
  • Ibrahim Abunohaiah3
  • Moataz I. Altokhais4
  • Faisal Alsaleh5
  • Diyaa Al Khalaf6
  • Raed Almannie3
  • Mohamad Habous7
  • Basel O. Hakami8
  • Saleh Binsaleh3,*,

1Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Majmaah University, 11952 Al-Majmaah, Saudi Arabia

2Urology department, King Fahd Hospital, 42351 Al Madinah Al Munawwarah, Saudi Arabia

3Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, King Saud University Medical City, 12372 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

4Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, King Saud University Medical City, 12372 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

5College of Medicine, King Saud University, King Saud University medical city, 12372 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

6College of Medicine, Dar Al Uloom University, 13314 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

7Al-Themal medical center, 62454 Abha, Saudi Arabia

8Urology Department, King Faisal Medical City for Southern Region, 62527 Abha, Saudi Arabia

DOI: 10.22514/jomh.2023.091 Vol.19,Issue 9,September 2023 pp.113-118

Submitted: 16 May 2023 Accepted: 15 June 2023

Published: 30 September 2023

*Corresponding Author(s): Saleh Binsaleh E-mail: binsaleh@ksu.edu.sa

Abstract

Impostor phenomenon (IP) is the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved due to one’s efforts or skills. It is associated with burnout, anxiety and depression and can negatively impact the lives of the affected individuals. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of IP among urologists in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional study was conducted among practicing urologists and urologists-in-training in Saudi Arabia between November and December 2022. A self-administered questionnaire comprising questions on the sociodemographic characteristics and the Clance impostor phenomenon scale (CIPS) was distributed through email to all registered urologists in the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties database. A total of 155 urologists (143 men and 12 women) were enrolled in this study. The majority of the urologists (44.5%) were consultants, and the prevalence of the impostor phenomenon in this study was 27.7%. Nearly half of the urologists (49.7%) presented moderate levels of the phenomenon, 23.9% of the urologists demonstrated high levels, and 20.6% presented low levels. Only 5.8% of the urologists showed intense levels of the phenomenon. The phenomenon was significantly more prevalent among those in training (p = 0.010) and less prevalent among those with a subspecialty in endourology (p = 0.016). The prevalence of the impostor phenomenon among urologists was 27.7%. It was more commonly seen in resident urologists, and those with a subspecialty in endourology were less likely to be affected by this phenomenon.


Keywords

Impostor syndrome; Impostor phenomenon; Urologist; Saudi Arabia; Self-esteem


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Meshari A. Alzahrani,Mohammed Shareef,Ibrahim Abunohaiah,Moataz I. Altokhais,Faisal Alsaleh,Diyaa Al Khalaf,Raed Almannie,Mohamad Habous,Basel O. Hakami,Saleh Binsaleh. Impostor phenomenon among urologists in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Men's Health. 2023. 19(9);113-118.

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