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Imposter syndrome for surgeons

"There are times when you sit there and think, oh gosh, could I have done something better? Is there someone better at doing this than me?" - Orthopaedic Consultant

Do you ever feel as though self-doubt, feelings of inadequacy or a lack of confidence is burdening you and your career progression?

We have become increasingly aware that many surgeons experience some form of imposter syndrome within their career and that this isn't confined to women. Because of this we have developed this online course that unlocks tools and strategies to overcome imposter syndrome. By taking this course, you will gain essential skills and invaluable insight that will help you achieve healthier thought patterns, boost confidence, and enhance leadership and collaboration within your teams. This course also includes conversations and first-hand accounts of imposter syndrome as experienced by surgeons and the wider surgical team.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wishes to understand more about imposter syndrome and how to overcome it, or for those wishing to support colleagues who are suffering with imposter syndrome. This course is free for members.

Professional credits

This course is worth 5 CPD points.


  • £75.00
  • 4 days
  • 5.00 CPD Points
4 days
5.00 CPD Points


This course is suitable to all surgical career grades and is open to the surgical care team.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify the characteristics of imposter syndrome;
  • identify the key drivers of imposter syndrome and those traits and situations that lead to vulnerability;
  • recognise the impact of imposter syndrome on you and your team members;
  • defuse some of the myths surrounding imposter syndrome;
  • clearly articulate how your experience relates to imposter syndrome;
  • list a range of tools and strategies for tackling imposter syndrome in yourself;
  • describe strategies with which to support trainees, colleagues and other team members who experience imposter syndrome.


This course is delivered in an e-learning format, meaning you can study independently at your own pace, referring back to the learning material at any point.

It consists of two e-learning sessions, a panel discussion, podcast episode and further reading. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course, including the assessment.

Additional Information

In a 2020 review published in Medical News Today up to 82% of people experience imposter syndrome. They go on to state that imposter syndrome can affect anyone, regardless of job or social status, but it is often found in high-achieving individuals:

Impostor syndrome: Symptoms, types, and how to deal with it (

Booking Options

Royal College Of Surgeons Courses


01 May 2024
06 Mar 2034

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Pricing notes:

Full price: £75.00
All Current ATLS Instructors: £30.00
All Current Surgical Faculty: £30.00
RCS Affiliates: £
RCS England Associates: £
RCS England Members/Fellows: £

Course Fees:

Please note, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at the cancellation policy first.



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