Did you ever get a generic letter of recommendation from an absent-minded attending? I imagine it read like the form letter s/he signs for all of his capable students. If you received one of these, it likely made the pit of your stomach churn. Imagine what the reaction will be when your residency program of choice opens it.
You likely don’t want to think about it. Let’s face it, generic doesn’t make the cut.
A maximum of four letters of recommendation can be submitted by you. It’s not required, though helpful, to obtain the majority of letters of recommendation from your specialty. As your residency application specialist, I can help you do the following:
- Ask the right people for the right kinds of letters.
- Encourage clear, precise letters of recommendation.
- Follow-up with those who have written in your favour.
- Determine the best timeline for recommending you.
Besides getting good letters of recommendation, you need to know how to ensure you have the right mix of glowing recommendations to land your residency of choice.
I’m Donald T. Morrish, MD. I’ll help you throughout the process—from asking for those make-or-break letters of recommendation to matching to the program you really want.
For residency application advice, send me a message or call me toll-free: (888) 549-8111.