- Target each LoR to the specific specialty you are applying to. For this you will have to meet with the referee to explain the nature of the LOR and its purpose.
- According to American Medical Association (AMA), LORs from overseas schools are not very helpful since international medical school standards vary and often are not comparable to those in the U.S.
- Get some experience working in a U.S. health care system before applying for residency so that you can get a US LOR
- Teaching programs are better than private offices of physicians in US for point number three
- Opportunities for USCE/observerships/externships are hard to come by but if you work hard enough, you will get a good break
- Letter, which extols your clinical abilities in addition to other niceties, is received very well by programs.
- Work with your letter writer to produce a well composed, personalized attestation of your capabilities as a physician and portray you as an asset.
- Deans letter is not that important unless there are delinquencies and discrepancies in your medical education.
- Since at least 2007, increasing weight is being given to LORs from US teaching hospitals. In same line of thought, LORs from faculty in hospitals without ACGME accreditation will be carry less importance.
- Order of importance of LOR
- US LOR from ACGME accredited university hospital
- US LOR from ACGME accredited community hospital
- US LOR from non ACGME accredited hospital
- US LORS from university based research program
- US LOR from non hospital based community physician
- Non US LOR from US affiliated university hospital
- Non US LOR from university hospital
- Non US LOR from non teaching hospital
- Non US LOR from private physician
- Non US LOR from non physician
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10 ways to improve residency chances through letters of recommendation (LOR)
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