Jennifer Elizabeth Chua,
Department of Pediatrics - De La Salle Health Sciences Institute - De La Salle University Medical Center
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether impostor syndrome is a risk factor for burn out among clinical clerks at a tertiary care center and training hospital. STUDY DESIGN: Prevalence Cross-Sectional Analytic Study SETTING: Tertiary Care Center and Training Hospital PARTICIPANTS: Study population constituted of medical clinical clerks enrolled at a tertiary care center and training hospital for school year 2017-2018. There were a total of 248 clinical clerks enrolled. METHODS: Self-administered questionnaires Clance Impostor Phenomenon Scale then Maslach Burnout Index were distributed to the participants. Work Profile Questionnaire -Emotional Intelligence results were collected from the guidance office. RESULTS: A total of 62 participants were included in the study. Mostly 20-30 years of age with female predominance. Among the participants, 59 (95.16%) experienced impostor phenomenon; 54 (87.10%) were emotionally exhausted, 51 (82.26%) experienced depersonalization, 48 (77.42%) had feelings of cynicism or problems with personal accomplishment and 18 (29.03%) was noted with total burn out. Clinical clerks with impostor syndrome/phenomenon are: a. 3.7 times more likely to have moderate to high levels of emotional exhaustion (OR = 3.71), but this is not statistically significant (95% CI 0.30, 46.48; p = 0.309), b. 29.5 times more likely to have moderate to high levels of cynicism and personal accomplishment (OR = 29.52; 95% CI 1.42, 612.31; p < 0.05), c. 2.5 times more likely to have moderate to high levels of depersonalization (OR = 2.45), but is not statistically significant (95% CI 0.20, 29.70; p = 0.481), d. thrice likely to develop total burnout overall (OR = 3.12), however, not significant (95% CI 0.15, 63.52; p = 0.459). CONCLUSION/ RECOMMENDATION: Although results were not statistically significant, due to the small sample size, impostorism as a risk factor for burnout seemed to be likely. A multicenter involvement and larger sample size is recommended.