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    tigerkeeper is offline Junior Member 519 points
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    I am applying for the 2014 match internal medicine and I am currently trying to get doctors to upload letters of recommendation for me.


    Throughout my rotations 7 doctors have agreed to write letters for me. I have e-mail all of them asking them to submit letters to the ERAS.

    3 of the 7 have replied and said that they would upload letters. However, according to the letter portal they have yet to upload the letters.

    The remaining 4 doctors have yet to reply my e-mails. These 4 doctors I have already e-mailed twice.

    Two questions:
    1) How long should I wait before following up on the three doctors who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for me?

    2) What is the best way to follow up on the remaining four doctors who have yet to reply my e-mails?

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    No one can really answer these questions, as you alone know your relationship with them. Are you in touch via text? office phone?
    All you need are 3 LORs really, so try and get the 3 who have responded. Chase them down if you can. I'd send reminders 2x a week, so you can get it in by end August. Try calling their offices, if you cant physically go there.

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    Quick question - Do LORs need to be recent? If doing 3rd year core rotations, can you ask an attending physician to write a letter for you, two years before you're eligible for the match? Or do you have to wait until your match cycle to ask them for those letters?
    Last edited by acceletron; 01-28-2015 at 05:55 AM.

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    Honestly, you've just got to stay on them (politely). I know it's difficult for some older MD's to figure out how to upload things so that may be an issue. Stay diligent, my friend!

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