Dylan McWilliams, PharmD '24

Dylan McWilliams

Next step: Specialty Pharmacy Administration and Leadership Residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Have you ever felt like you are just faking your way through life, and that at any moment someone is going to call you out? If so, you are part of the 70 percent of society who have experienced imposter phenomenon – a psychological pattern where an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud.”

Dylan McWilliams knows about imposter phenomenon (IP) better than most, having conducted qualitative research on the topic with Dr. Jessica Hinson, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, while he was an ONU pharmacy student.

What began with literature reviews of the published research on IP, morphed into an active study of the phenomenon among ONU pharmacy students. Their research was a Podium Presentation at the 2020 Ohio Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting.

“I learned so much from completing research on campus. Not only did I have the opportunity to learn more about a topic that I was not well aware of, I learned what it is like to be a part of a research team,” Dylan said.

He added: "The College of Pharmacy's curriculum is set up in a way that allowed me to start gaining information on how to be a pharmacist from day one.  I’m learned skills that will last my entire profession."