I’m always asked if letters of recommendation are important. They absolutely are, and I won’t even review an application until I have at least two letters uploaded, no matter how outstanding all of the other data might be. I’m interested in who is writing the letter of recommendation. For example, I look closely at letters from other program or associate program directors or vice chairs of education. They might say something like, “I’ll be recruiting this person to my own program,” which is a great testament to that candidate’s characteristics and strengths. However, letters from hospitalist or ambulatory clinician educators and clerkship directors who have worked closely with the candidate carry as much weight.
You want to avoid having a lackluster and unusually short letters written about you. “He was nice and always was punctual.” This kind of letter indicates that the letter … view full post »