Podcast: Imposter Syndrome
Listening Time: 31:28
If you ever meet Cruz Romero, PT, DPT, these are the words you might use to describe him: outgoing, kind, passionate, engaging, confident. That's the Cruz Romero I saw when we met in 2016 when he was a second-year DPT student at Northern Arizona University. And that's the Cruz Romero I continued to see when he served on APTA's Student Assembly Board of Directors as a third-year student.
But what I couldn't see was how Cruz was feeling as he went through DPT school: anxious, inadequate, and full of self-doubt.
That combination of emotions was new for Cruz, and eventually he learned there was a name for it: Cruz was suffering from imposter syndrome.
That discovery inspired Cruz to develop coping skills that he continues to use today a clinician working with high-level athletes. It also inspired him to share his story, because he wants other students and clinicians experiencing imposture syndrome to know they aren't alone.
Here's our conversation with Cruz.
To read Cruz's original blog post, "My Biggest Challenge in Physical Therapy School? Imposter Syndrome" visit the Pulse blog at APTA.org/Pulse. You can connect with Cruz via Twitter or email.
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