Episode 150

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

with Dr. Robert Ryu and Dr. Michael Barraza

BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2021, August 23). Ep. 150 – Overcoming Imposter Syndrome [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com/podcasts

We talk with Dr. Robert Ryu about Imposter Syndrome. What is it, why is it so common in medicine, and how do we effectively deal with it?

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Podcast Participants

Dr. Robert Ryu

Dr. Robert Ryu is a practicing Interventional Radiologist and the Chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Dr. Michael Barraza

Host Dr. Michael Barraza is a practicing interventional radiologist (and all around great guy) with Radiology Associates in Baton Rouge, LA.

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Show Notes

In this episode, Dr. Robert Ryu and our host Dr. Michael Barraza discuss the prevalence and implications of imposter syndrome. They open up about personal experiences with imposter syndrome and share strategies for overcoming feelings of inadequacy.

Dr. Ryu distinguishes between self-examination (critically assessing the situation and figuring out if you have the resources to succeed) and imposter-like feelings (constantly questioning yourself and unwillingness to acknowledge your achievements), noting that there is a whole spectrum of thoughts and feelings in between the two terms.

As a new department chair, Dr. Ryu acknowledges that he had experienced some insecurities with adjusting to the role. After learning about imposter syndrome, he has become interested in how it affects the medical community. He also emphasizes the important role of medical schools and residency programs in raising awareness of this topic to prevent burnout.

The doctors wrap up the episode by discussing their personal strategies for managing self doubt. For Dr. Barraza, extensive preparation brings confidence. For Dr. Ryu, reaching out to others for support and keeping a larger goal in mind has proven to be beneficial.


The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention.- https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fh0086006

How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome (TIME article)- https://time.com/5312483/how-to-deal-with-impostor-syndrome/

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