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Collaborative Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice, Education and Evaluation (JCIPE)

Abstract

Growing up, I did not know anyone in the healthcare field. Additionally, none of my friends chose careers as doctors or other healthcare providers. This lack of access to people in the healthcare world made me idealize these people, mainly doctors. Admittedly, I looked at them as superhuman people who had this extra gift that no one else had and a type of intelligence that was inconceivable. Even when I decided to pursue a career in genetic counseling, I didn't think I would get into a program or be smart enough to do well in class. Throughout my two years at Thomas Jefferson University, I have had this "imposter complex." I never felt like I was worthy of being in the program and didn't have any business becoming a genetic counselor. By working with doctors in training and other medical professionals throughout this course, I was able to see that these people are not different than me. They do not have all the answers and they are not superhuman.

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