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A doctor wrote me an LoR but its like 10 lines, but he did recommend me, I did observership... is it ok???
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A doctor wrote me an LoR but its like 10 lines, but he did recommend me, I did observership... is it ok???
That's a toughy but you never know. To be honest I would not feel safe with such LoR, unless the author mentions something superb. If he says just "nice" or "good" this means it's a mediocre lor, and I would not recommend using it...
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My name.. came to my pratice 2 days per week as an observer, I recommend her without reservation to your program, As an observer she was quite inquisitive and eager to learn. she directly observerd me interacting with patients. She easily developed good report with patients. She was sensitive about patient needs and ilness.. She has a good sense of humor which made it joy to spend the day with her


thats whats written @steptaker@applicant guide..plzz tell me if this is a good lor or ok one???
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That's the problem with LORs, I suppose...

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My name.. came to my pratice 2 days per week as an observer, I recommend her without reservation to your program, As an observer she was quite inquisitive and eager to learn. she directly observerd me interacting with patients. She easily developed good report with patients. She was sensitive about patient needs and ilness.. She has a good sense of humor which made it joy to spend the day with her


thats whats written @steptaker@applicant guide..plzz tell me if this is a good lor or ok one???
Sounds good to me... I mean it's not a GREAT LOR but it's not bad either. If you don't have anything else I would just use that.
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What if a similar length is written for a clerkship in Harvard..
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My name.. came to my pratice 2 days per week as an observer, I recommend her without reservation to your program, As an observer she was quite inquisitive and eager to learn. she directly observerd me interacting with patients. She easily developed good report with patients. She was sensitive about patient needs and ilness.. She has a good sense of humor which made it joy to spend the day with her


thats whats written @steptaker@applicant guide..plzz tell me if this is a good lor or ok one???
its not the greatest LOR coz it doesnt say much abt ur medical knowledge, but i would use it if i didnt have any other coz it still is positive and will be considered a decent if not excellent LOR. so go ahead and good luck .
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As said before, one letter of recommendation is better than 0 letters of recommendation.

I also have a 10 line letter, actually it's more like 6, and it's 10 if you include the Dr's address. Consider that a blessing (and its only 1, not all of your LoRs).

He kept it simple and to be quite frankly, it's okay with me. Think of the Program Directors, with ~ 2,000 applicants all ready and we are not even passed mid September, 3-4 LoR each per applicant, each being about one page, a program director would have to read 6,000 to 8,000 pages just to cover Letters of Recommendation alone ever year for every match process! That's like the 2 tomes of Harrison's I.M! And that is not even including Personal Statements, emails, etc. They probably welcome short & precise LoR's and P.S from time to time.

In my opinion, the true purpose of a LoR is simply for legal purposes.
For example, A new St. Example's University Surgery Program resident is operating on a patient, and all of a sudden an unexplained psychosis installs within him and he voluntarily removes his mask and spits into the sterile surgical field, rips the patients IV's off and then proceeds to stab the Attending surgeon in the arm with the patient's needle.

Legally, St. Example's University is not liable for such a situation and under court if litigated against, they can apologize to the patient and his/her family as well as the attending and say something along the lines of, "But Dr. X, Dr. Y and Dr. Z all vouched for this individual as a good residency candidate, his psychosis was unexplained and is definitely not our fault".



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