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Lekshmi Santhosh, M.D.

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Lekshmi Santhosh, MD (Educators, ’18) is a 3rd-year Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Clinical Fellow at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). She is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Medical School, and completed her residency, chief residency, and fellowship training at UCSF. Her research interests focus on graduate medical education in the intensive care unit. She is still actively managing her own impostor syndrome! She can be followed on Twitter @LekshmiMD.



You Belong Here: Shaking Off Impostor Syndrome and Embracing Leadership

My heart sank as I quickly scanned the list of speakers at the conference. I recognized the names of faculty whom I respected and admired, many of whom are local, state, and national leaders in their fields. What business did I have speaking at such a conference? Surely one of them would attend my talk, detect a fatal error, and spread the word that I had advanced this far in my career by chance alone and didn’t deserve my merits. Does this story seem familiar to you? If so, you may be suffering from “perceived fraudulence,” otherwise known as “impostor syndrome.”

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It is so true. It's part of the evolutionary urge!
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 11:11 PM
Atipong Pathanasethpong, MD, MS

First verify if the feeling is...

I think there is one crucial step that isn't mentioned here: determining if the feeling is valid. This post assumes that the feeli... Read More
Monday, 12 February 2018 9:09 AM
Lekshmi Santhosh, M.D.


Yes, very true! Thanks for your comment!
Monday, 12 February 2018 4:04 PM
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