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Letter of Recommendation ERAS

Requesting a Letter of Recommendation

As part of the residency application process, students often ask for letters of recommendation from one of the clinical faculty at their WRITE site; it is recommended that the student ask for a letter of recommendation from one of the clinical faculty at their site before leaving the WRITE Site.

Tips for the Student:

  • Follow the instructions exactly as directed by the program being applied to
  • Assist the preceptor in writing the letter by offering ideas and personal information
  • Allow plenty of time for the letters to be completed
  • Provide envelopes, stamps and address labels for their use

Tips for the Preceptor:

  • Keep complete notes and a photo on file
  • When the student requests a letter, ask for a meeting and/or have the student provide a CV, a personal statement and/or a photo
  • Write the letter as soon as possible after the student’s rotation
  • Keep the letter on file; the student may extend their program
The structure of the letter should include the purpose of the letter, what the student is applying for, the nature of the preceptor’s relationship with the student, the student’s academic achievement and personal attributes, and a closing paragraph summing up what has been stated. Additionally, the letter writer must also include a statement indicating whether the student opted to waive or not waive their right to see the letter. Click here for tips on writing an effective letter of receommendation.
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