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    doctor asked me to write my own letter of recommendation!

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jpryor
    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.

    Hope this is what you were looking for.
    thank you very much.....very helpful info

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    From the ERAS info:

    Request for Letter of Recommendation/Cover Sheet
    Please attach this sheet to the front of your letter of recommendation with a paper clip.
    Date:
    Letter Writer:
    Applicant Name:
    AAMC ID:
    Thank you for agreeing to write a letter of recommendation in support of my residency
    application. This sheet explains the special procedures needed to prepare a letter for ERAS
    the Electronic Residency Application Service.
    Please send the original letter of recommendation to the ECFMG for transmission to ERAS using
    the following formation:
    1. Address the letter to "Dear Program Director"; letters with individualized salutations
    can not be processed in the ERAS system. (I would be happy to provide you a list of
    programs to which I am applying).
    2. Please do not make your letter specialty-specific.
    3. Include in your letter whether or not I have waived my right to see this
    recommendation, as indicated below.
    4. Include my name and AAMC ID, as listed above, in the subject line or body of the
    letter.
    5. Write your letter on Letterhead.
    6. Print your letter so that it may be scanned and added to my files.
    7. Attach this sheet to your letter before sending it, to help the ECFMG identify your
    letter with my file.
    8. Finally, please deliver the letter to the ECFMG at the address below:
    Thank you for supporting my residency application.
    ______ (I waive) _____ (I do not waive) my right to see this letter. If "waive" is checked, I
    waive my right to see this letter under the " Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
    (FERPA)". I acknowledge that this letter is for the specific purpose of supporting my
    application for a residency.
    Signed: __________________________________________________ __________________________
    ECFMG Mailing Address:
    For Letters sent via the US Postal Service:
    (Regular Mail, Overnight, Express, etc.)
    If you use a courier service such as Airborne,
    DHL, Federal Express, UPS send to:
    ECFMG - ERAS Documents ECFMG - ERAS Documents
    P.O. Box 11746 3624 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19101-0687 Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685
    USA USA
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    lor self write

    i am in a similar situation where one of my science prof has asked me to write my own lor, which he will review and submit. Any tips on how it should be approached, in terms of content and tone?

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    Numerous establishments ask for writing a letter of recommendation for medical school to enable them to choose who to contract or in advance. All through the procuring procedure, the candidate endeavors to introduce herself in the best light. Past the meeting and resume, procuring administrators look to LORS to affirm the hopeful's capabilities and to pick up understanding from an outside gathering. The employing administrator needs to comprehend what encounters the competitor will convey to the new part, how she'll add to the organization or association, and how she'll carry on in the everyday. Suggestion letters can point to a hopeful's future execution by discussing her past accomplishments.

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