Letter of Recommendation
Carefully consider who you ask to write your letters of recommendation.
- Letters should be written by faculty (not residents or fellows) who know you and know your work, and who are willing to write letters on your behalf.
- At least one letter should be from someone working in the field(s) to which you are applying.
- One letter should be from the appropriate third year clerkship director or department chair.
- Plan to give your letter writer at least three weeks notice for a letter. Other students will also be asking for letters, and faculty may be going on vacation or attending conferences.
- Provide a copy of your cv and personal statement to your letter writers.
Letters of Recommendation (ERAS): You may send up to four letters of recommendation to each program, and you may send a different set of four letters to individual programs. The cover sheet must be returned to ASA along with the letter of recommendation. The letters will be scanned and sent to your programs.
Letters of recommendation should comment on the student's:
- Strong/weak points
- Ability to relate to and get along with others
- Ability to accept constructive criticism
- Ability to assume responsibility with consideration of some of the following factors: interest, maturity, initiative, motivation, industriousness, integrity, flexibility, sense of humor, dependability
Please review this site for early match programs (non-eras). Rules and forms are different for early match, than for ERAS.
Aug 13, 2012