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Helping High-achieving Dental Students Cope With the Stress of Success

Professors often spend a great deal of time counseling poorly performing students, which limits their time dedicated to high achievers. This can be problematic as psychiatrists have determined that successful students may be susceptible to feelings of inadequacy, despite positive external evidence. During this webinar, we’ll discuss tools to help students recognize and cope with their “impostor thoughts.” We’ll also explore research on the prevalence of these issues in dental students and the effectiveness of interventions. The resources presented can be easily implemented into dental courses with a minimal investment of time to improve student success and decrease stress.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the basic components of the impostor phenomenon and identify how students commonly engage in an “impostor cycle.”
  • Quantitatively assess the prevalence of “impostor thoughts” in mentored students.
  • Assist students using widely available resources to improve student success and decrease stress levels.

CE Information
The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by June 23, 2023. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.00 continuing education credit. 


All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.