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    doctor asked me to write my own letter of recommendation!

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    I asked this particular doctor to write me a letter of recommendation and he told me to write it and that he will sign it and correct it just in case anything is wrong. the reason why he asked me to write it is because he has 3 private offices to take care of and his time is very limited. I have known this doctor since we were children but he is more contemporary with my brother. It is hard for me to write my own letter of recommendation. is there any website that can teach me how to do it properly? any samples on the web? if I have this opportunity I would like to take advantage of it, what do you guys think? is this ok? any comments will be greatly appreciated.

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    whaaaaaaaaaaaaa??

    wow...i have never heard of anything like that before! but what he is asking you to do is really unprofessional...i would ask him to do it instead.

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    Ah.. wasn't this on Scrubs a few seasons back?
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    LORs

    Ghostwriting letters like this is very commonplace.....at least in the multiple business/government sectors I've been in. Senior management is often too busy to write letters and know the specifics of your education, etc. A draft is provided to them....they tweak it....and send it in under their signature. I can assure you people like the President of the United States and the CEO of General Electric are not personally writing all the correspondence that leaves their office under their signature.

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    I second jgilbert63 - I've heard of this situation alot. This is why I cant see too much weight being carried by LOR's. Who is truly going to have someone write them an LOR, if there is any doubt that the letter would be anything but very good or great?
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    Cool Grab your pen and pencil

    Start with the usual statement
    This is me writing you on behalf of my sponsor mister man doctor X
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabrillo
    I asked this particular doctor to write me a letter of recommendation and he told me to write it and that he will sign it and correct it just in case anything is wrong. the reason why he asked me to write it is because he has 3 private offices to take care of and his time is very limited. I have known this doctor since we were children but he is more contemporary with my brother. It is hard for me to write my own letter of recommendation. is there any website that can teach me how to do it properly? any samples on the web? if I have this opportunity I would like to take advantage of it, what do you guys think? is this ok? any comments will be greatly appreciated.
    it happens all the time. But be warned there are key words in letters of rec. The key here is that you are NOT forging anything; the doc has the chance to read it and stike it or accept it and go out under his name. It may not be the most above board thing, but if the doc sees it and puts his name to it, that's his perogative. HOwever again be careful; not only about the "code words" but you can't in honesty say you've not see in. the wording is that you have "waived your right" to see the letter. Technically this means someone could offer to show it to you anyway. Just be aware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by julestx
    I second jgilbert63 - I've heard of this situation alot. This is why I cant see too much weight being carried by LOR's. Who is truly going to have someone write them an LOR, if there is any doubt that the letter would be anything but very good or great?
    actually Jules, LORs are extremely important make or break things both for SGu and for residency. Why are they accepted? Because the writter is putting his name to it and so this means he is standing by it. I cant tell you specifics but be assured, if the referee doesnt like the person so well they wont offer him that opportunity. ANd ive seen over and over the impact of LORs.
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    Yup, happens all the time. In fact, one of my attendings had me write my own letter. Afterwards, he read it, discussed it with me and then, since he approved of everything I said, he signed it. Nothing wrong with it, just means he is too lazy to do it himself (the scrubs excuse was **).
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    I agree that writing your own LoR is a common practice. I was asked to write one of mine and that was from a personal friend!

    Cabrillo,

    The letter should start by establishing the relationship of the MD to you (obviously, this MD is someone who considers you favorably, so don't waste anybody's time with verbiage along those lines). But if you have worked in any manner in health care for any length of time, that establishes how this MD knows you and knows of your qualities.

    As noted, buzz words save a reviewer time. What attributes make a good physician and how does this MD know this about you? Bullet points aren't the objective, but avoid lengthy statements, too.

    If you are planning on applying to more than one school, ask the MD to sign several copies on his letterhead. Accordingly, avoid naming specific schools in the salutation. "To Whom it May Concern" or "To the Selection Committee" are appropriate addresses.

    Finally, end the letter with a statement of recommendation! Avoid the trite "Feel free to contact me" stuff..that's a given. But a closing sentence along the lines of "I recommend Cabrillo as a candidate to your institution without reservation" is a fine way to end the LoR.

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