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Beyond thrilled to have been awarded a *renewal* for my @NIH_LRP award!!!!!! Story time (on #privilege and #perseverance)

#medtwitter #academictwitter #blackinSTEM 1/
As a first-generation #Kenyan American, raised in #Kenya and very much an #African child (if you know you know), a #doctor is very much what I was going to be from the time I was born. 😋 (thankfully, also a marrying of my love of science and taking care of people!) 2/
So it was to my parents’ incredible delight when I got accepted to #medicalschool, never having... basically... known someone who had done so, in the US anyway. #firstgen #firstgeneration (yes, this story has a comical peak, wait for it...) 3/
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Musing today on #ImposterSyndrome. About 7 years ago, I received this email from a well-regarded medical school in Washington, DC telling me it would be unethical to allow me to be a doctor.
I still remember where I was sitting when I received it, thinking that nothing about me would ever be good enough for the job I felt was my calling. I felt embarrassed just knowing this email existed.
Today, I am about to attend our White Coat Ceremony and read the names of our incredible incoming intern class at @mghmedres where I am starting my chief medicine residency.
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#Programmers on Twitter often unintentionally create a false image of what it means to be a professional developer.
1. You don't have to tweet all day every day about programming related things to be a good programmer.
2. You don't have to be the creator of some amazing library/framework/podcast/blog to be a good programmer.
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Thanks @IWS_Network for inviting me to share my story as an #international #immigrant #WomanInSTEM! Throughout this week I will share my journey so far, challenges & triumphs; inviting you to share yours and connect with me if it resonates with you! #VoicesIWS
I grew up in #Delhi #India, a place I still think of as home & where my family still resides. Living in the capital, my parents, sister and I spoke to each other in #tamil, #hindi, & #english. My mom was my first #chemistry teacher. #WomenInSTEM #VoicesIWS @IWS_Network Image
As a teenager I fell in love with the vibrant colors & creative possibilities of the chemistry lab. Nandini ma'am & other excellent teachers, most of whom were #WomenInSTEM at The Mother's International School were my role models. @IWS_Network #VoicesIWS #WomenInSTEM Image
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We live in an attention #economy & what #Tweetiatricians have known for decades (#Twitter started in 2006): importance of drawing attention to factual science-based information as compared to #misinformation & #disinformation, especially on #vaccines…
You have to be fast & prolific to play catch up to this. I have 77K tweets, a moderate sized band of 6K followers interested enough to tolerate my volume but use of hashtags allows reach across Twittersphere. Trending hashtags = better for riding a way for that attention economy
If is unclear if we are now so siloed that tweets are ineffective with anti-vaxx. But not all anti-vaxx are QAnon
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This is a form of privilege not often spoken about.

It is not “just” the money but the financial literacy, the comfort navigating certain spaces, feeling is belonging vs #impostersyndrome. It affects ability to do unpaid internships. It affects who is bullied. #MedTwitter
Women of more affluent families may not be the ones targeted by or vulnerable to slimy professors too.

Learning requires a “safe space” in reality as well as in your own head. #MedEd has a LONG way to go before #education spaces are truly open to all. #MedTwitter #equity
For instance, while my mom’s family was in Pakistan, I grew up knowing my mom had her own identity & her own money (she always reminded my dad he had no Islamic right to 😂
=the confidence of a woman who *could* leave)

She dressed simply but had the confident demeanor of a queen
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Shame & #impostersyndrome = energy waste you canNOT afford (I realized w/ chronic illness & pain). You WILL fall - while rest & recovery are important - sometimes the ball about to drop is too important
Don’t miss your shot

BUT do miss a lot of shots. I promise you, it will drain you of less energy to try over and over than to try to be perfect. You will ALWAYS fail to be perfect. You will only sometimes fail to make the shot


Of course there will be these people, (whether in reality or your perception of it - but perception becomes reality).

They have only as much power as YOU give them.

Go to your beginner’s mind. Find that inner child’s courage.

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When folks online think women at midcareer are “too much” or “overcompensate”

you are 100% right

=working 3-10x as hard to get 1/2 as far
on display

Tired of experiencing us online?
Try living this way ALL THE TIME
If you don’t recognize it, ask yourself whether your goals and/or identity align with power, privilege, structural inequity

..and in how many domains?

How complex or intersectional is your identity?

Centering on self is the best way to misinterpret the world around you.
If you start by asking yourself questions

you will start to learn to ask others questions, not assume

One version is called “the beginner’s mind” or a child-like curiosity about the world that promotes learning & understanding

Opposite of expert
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Hello 👋 new followers. Feel free to introduce yourself.

Me: A top strength of mine is “input” Others in pics.

I tweet A LOT. I tweet long threads with links to articles, with highlighted screenshots, links to others’ tweets. I hold onto info & reference past yet “futuristic”
You have to know the past to understand patterns and see possibilities as well as navigate past barriers for the future.

If you like control or boundaries, run now as I promise you I will be 🤯 for you.

If you like creativity, expression, innovation, equity, ethics, welcome.
I am going to constantly run around the world finding interesting concepts & facts, be passionate & outspoken on justice/equity, re-use old tweets to explore new facet in new thread.

I’ll shape shift & if you try to pin me down or box me in, you will be frustrated.

All me:
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My mom taught me self compassion, something she was not always allowing herself. She was the perfect mom to a child with neurodiversity to protect me from what the world normally does to sensitive girls who end up in Gifted & Talented (drawing ire of male classmates & their moms)
This kind of resentment is common in #STEM too:controls, ridicules, & shames creative or out-of-box women. Neatness takes up less space and is perfectionist. Perfectionism is a form of anxiety. Anxiety blocks risk taking necessary for innovation. Then we say women not innovative.
Girls start out confident.

If you did not have my mom, you would lose confidence, develop #impostersyndrome, like most girls do.

Your language would narrow. You would start to contain yourself. Reviewers would rate your grants as less “innovative.”…
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1/ Another great episode of @ShinyEpiPeople! (Last week’s with @DebJakubowski was also fabulous - so 👏🏾many 👏🏾gems!👏🏾). Two ideas struck me from this @BillMiller_Epi interview:
2/ #1 Creating inclusive work cultures. @BillMiller_Epi talked about his #ADHD & how worn out he can feel after mtgs, how he sometimes has to move & situate his body in certain ways to focus, how he has to set time limits on mtgs...
3/ This is all the more relevant in our Zoom culture where mtgs can be stacked back-to-back without a worker ever getting up from a chair or being kicked out of a conference room. Being mindful of mtg length, flexibility w having cameras off, taking mtgs outdoors helps everyone
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100% agree with @DxRxEdu and @rabihmgeha--a #missionstatement is essential to ANYONE who wants to be #missiondriven.

I often ask: "What's the WHAT?" Like, WHAT's the purpose or the point of anything I'm doing--or the impact of it?

Your #missionstatement defines that.

The WHAT helps me to decide:

What to work on
What to decline
Where to go
Where not to go
What to write
What impact I wish to have
What & who gets my time and energy
Aspirations & goals

It also helps me to push past my #impostersyndrome & keep going when I fail or fall short.
Here's my #missionstatement:

"To honor patients, learners, and the community through respectful and psychologically safe clinical and learning environments that celebrate and elevate diversity, health equity, and growth mindsets."

This is my WHAT. Image
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Dear #MedTwitter please, please, if you are a licensed medical professional and/or in school to be, do NOT delete your tweets or comply with anyone telling you to do so. It will harm you far more than leaving them up and explaining. Nothing is ever deleted. Can be used in court.
When I was at Harvard Med School and at an esteemed children's hospital, a case against an esteemed professor, that NO lawyer would touch cuz this was someone who had WRITTEN the textbooks and trained every expert, was won ..based on "a document was deleted" - creating suspicion
"Sunlight is the best disinfectant" you will hear me say OVER and OVER - wins & losses *should* be on data/standards but unfortunately wins & losses are in the court of public opinion. So be reliable, credible, and trustworthy. Transparency is one way to achieve that reputation.
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I was just reflecting on that this last day.

There is SO much shame in various cultures: healthcare (medicine, nursing), religion (Catholic, Muslim, Jewish), political (conservative or progressive/woke).

People who say “shame on you” are revealing they’ll a lot about selves.
If you shame others, is that your own internal wiring?

Thing is, if you allow shame to be your go to for others, you keep it alive internally. That is SO easily manipulated.

It is also the basis for ostracizing behaviors associated with bullying.…
It is the lazy person’s way to express themselves in interpersonal interactions IMHO because most of us had shame instilled in us by culture, religion, family, education. It is why so many have #impostersyndrome which is really is about ego, not ethics or getting 💩 done.
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Spot on.

No one agrees on definition of #professionalism.

Differs by field & setting within medicine.

Let’s be more precise.

There are several cultural and system changes/shifts happening in healthcare that change interactions, expectations, parameters.

More from @Dr_Bowser - yes, #professionalism is diffuse, varied

It quickly devolves into
shaming labels
in/out group
(=You do not belong in the profession/club)

Fear of being ostracized

to enforce “rules” that are
not verifiably mapped to quality
often indefensible
Methods to exclude, ostracize, label as “out group”

are hallmarks of bullying

which we know is too prevalent in medicine and education

Not everyone who uses term “professionalism” intends to/is a bully but many of us are complicit
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Yes, the #vaccine rollout is slow, uneven, not matched to need. "Botched"? That is a bit too strong. Much blame to go around.

American #healthcare is built for silos, turf, acute care, reactive..not #populationhealth #publichealth #prevention. It shows. Why is anyone surprised?
And #MedTwitter, despite your hashtags & publications, when it comes to real life actions inside departments, hospitals, or even on Twitter, all you all do is turf, ego, cliques, us vs them, etc. I am unimpressed. Build *systems* Yes #impostersyndrome makes you crave validation.
I am a #pediatrician and if you need validation, I've got a whole box of stickers for you. I will even let you choose your own sticker. How is that? Because, yes, you are special. You matter. You are wonderful. Happy?

Then after that, could we get 💩 done?
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We need more doctors who speak up.

Yes, I know we have worked hard to get where we are and are regulated/monitored in so many ways it is scary to deviate and take a risk of censure or discipline. It feels like we are vulnerable, not strong.

Speak up anyhow.
We can’t let our reputations or achievements become reasons why we stay silent.

Opposite, what is it all for anyhow?
What does your title mean?

They say you can’t take it with you in regards to money. But you aren’t going to take your CV with you either.
We can’t be telling the most vulnerable to speak up, like those early in career.

While I have yet to understand the details of what went on here, what is reported is deeply concerning.

Even with a good lawyer, this can derail an entire career right at its start.
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#LIVES2020 Kate Prior on #impostersyndrome as a vicious circle ImageImage
Women more likely than men (why does this not surprise me? )
with 77% of us will experience it during our lifetime
And how to over come it:
Celebrate your achievements
and find a critical friend Image
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🧵, riffing off of this comment

The system teaches people they don’t matter, symbolized by name “does not matter”

To change “doesn’t matter”, change the system & culture in academia & medicine

When people respect individual humanity, people will become comfortable as salves
I hear “shocked” a lot and so this is not to single anyone out as it is common. If shocked, then need to dramatically educate self on #BlackintheIvory that affects Black & brown & immigrant. Also, when common to be called wrong name entirely, many of us finally just adapt/accept.
Personally, at the end of the year meeting w/ my division chief, when I have prepared my packet for academic promotion, if I find myself given the one other South Asian woman’s evaluation in a group of 7 that is my time wasted because you did not vet or verify individual identity
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It's happening!!! #LEADatStanfordMed|#StanfordMedDEI

Lead 3.0: Group 7: Breaking Down the notion of "Otherness" to Combat #ImposterSyndrome and #Burnout

What a fantastic group of scholars!

#doctorsarehumanstoo #diversityandinclusion Have you ever felt like you...ImageImage
The interrelatedness of #impostersyndrome, #burnout, and #otherness.

It affects many physicians. 30-40% among family medicine and IM residents. >50% of physicians have burnout.

Threat to diversity: Imposter feelings are strong predictors of burnout.

#LEADatStanfordMed ImageImage
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Who am I if I’m not a #DevelopmentalBiologist? A (long) thread. Today for #BlackInDevelopmental, I would like to tell you how I got here. I am a #FirstGen college attendee and graduate. I was raised in a single-parent household. We struggled financially when I was growing up. 1/ Image
I know what hunger feels like and have had the lights turned off. I know what it’s like to have holes in the bottom of my shoes from wear. I know what it is to love science. I have been a scientist since childhood. Collecting snails, thinking about how the world works. 2/
In spite of my parents’ inability to help me with schoolwork, I always did really well in school. I actually liked going. Partially for the normalcy it provided, partially for socializing, but mostly because I was curious and I was good at it. 3/
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@acmedsci @AlexisHutson1 Fantastic workshop on
How to develop an effective mentoring programme
↔️get the best out of people
↔️benefit the organisation
↔️feedback is essential
@AMS_Careers @LizzyBenedikz @HelenDenyer @Mentor2mentors @RobearPierre @Dr2NisreenAlwan @JessicaMABlair
Amazing case study about a mentorship programme set up by @GraceMwaura Image
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I remember it like it was yesterday. A page came while I was working on the wards as a resident. It was my program director.

Her: “I need you to come by my office so that I can speak with you.”
Me: *freaking out* “I can come now if you want.”
Her: “Sounds good.”

Before I could stop it, the narrative began in my head:

“See? The other shoe has dropped. They know what you’ve worried they’d find out all along.

That you aren’t who they think you are. Or rather you are who they think you are. And now it’s being confirmed.

Told you.”
I started trying to counter it. To fight back against that pesky, persistent #ImposterSyndrome voice:

Me: “I didn’t do anything wrong. I’m a good resident. Not the best resident. But I am a pretty okay one.”
Voice: “You don’t even understand vectors on EKGs.”

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Can we please stop using the language of #impostersyndrome to describe our psychological adaptation to the complex processes of being asked to perform as a “professional” with insufficient training and little pay, often within a context of hazing and constant critique?
I would prefer to refer to the experience as “uncertainty anxiety,” or “good pet syndrome.” Lots of teachers teach because they were praised as students. Grad students, eager approval, might feign credibility to gain favors. But many can’t fake it til they break it.
Maybe we “fix” the implication of IS, which is, “I fear you will blame me if I fail to sustain this system that has already failed me by not acknowledging what I know and expecting me to duplicate policing structures that contribute to my bondage.”
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