This ERAS Hot Topic message will cover information about how to request a Letter of Recommendation (LoR).
It is important to obtain solid, comprehensive Letters of Recommendation (LoRs) to provide an extra advantage when applying for U.S. Residency positions. The sooner your students request their LoRs, the sooner their potential letter writer can begin to note the knowledge, abilities, and personal characteristics that make them a desirable candidate for residency. Your students should allow letter writers plenty of time to reflect upon their performance so they are prepared to meet program deadlines for receiving LoRs.
Your students should approach those physicians who are most familiar with their clinical abilities, medical knowledge, and work ethic. It is also important to select writers who are aware of their interpersonal skills with patients and their families, and their ability to work as part of a team.
If at all possible, avoid submitting LoRs regarding experiences more than two years prior to their application. Program directors want to see LoRs that measure their most current knowledge and skills.
For additional information, please visit https://www.ecfmg.org/echo/asking-for-lor.html.
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