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The Imposter


Comparison is the enemy
The future seems bleak
Look left, look right
It’s only me
Staring blankly in the mirror
Short white coat in hand
I somehow made it
Diligence alone could not have brought me this far
Do I really belong here?
Perhaps it was a mistake
Or maybe dumb luck
How am I about to be a physician
When I know so little?
Am I an imposter?
Am I a fraud?
They think that I’m smart
Since I just agree and nod 

How did I get here?
Among those who are better than me
Smarter than me
Have more experiences than me
Can others tell that I do not belong?
Why so often
Does this feel so wrong?

But could I belong here?
I am smart
I am competent
I worked so hard to be in this moment now
Studied countless hours
Learned from my teachers, peers and mistakes
My knowledge increases each day
I have seen my learning
Aid patient care numerous times
Yes, I do belong here
Reflection in the mirror cracks a slight smile
It is time to see a patient now

Image credit: Distorted life in cells (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Visavis


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Chika Nwachukwu Chika Nwachukwu (1 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine


Chika Nwachukwu is a third-year medical student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, Texas class of 2023. In 2018, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in health. She enjoys watching basketball, reading, traveling, and singing. After graduating from medical school, Chika would like to pursue a career in psychiatry.