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This question is haunting me. Let's start a poll!

Which is more important? reputation of the doctor writing the letter of recommendation or the actual content of the letter.

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Definitely the writer's reputation. Even it's not the writer's reputation, it's the hospital/clinic's reputation.

When you get an LoR with Harvard letterhead on the paper, everything else does not matter!
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Program directors and residency programs do not have time to read those thousands of LoRs every year, they all basically look the same.

They just look at the letterhead and who wrote it.

That's why doing observership in Harvard cost $1000 per day while observership with your uncle's private clinic is FREE
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Well said Hoko, you really nailed the core of it ..
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For sure it's the writer's reputation, nobody will read the content
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What if a well reputed writer give LOR which is neither good nor bad?? I guess the content is more weighting, especially if the applicant could refelect that in the interview!
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What if a well reputed writer give LOR which is neither good nor bad?? I guess the content is more weighting, especially if the applicant could refelect that in the interview!
You are probably right if they read the LoR, but the issue is they don't read it. They quickly scan it and see it comes from where and from whom. I've seen them with my own eyes doing that.

They will read it only few minutes before the interview. At that time the content plays role, but to get the interview in the beginning, the content does not really matter.
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