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Hi guys, I have a question. I have 4 waived LORs which I'm pretty sure are strong. However I have a very strong letter from my home country Professor which is obviously unwaived. The Professor is from The ob-gyn department but mentions my medicine skills specifically. Since I am applying to IM would this letter be useful??? Should I use it and 3 of the US letters or just stick with the 4 US letters and not include the home country Profs letter? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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That is an interesting question! In general, letters that are waived tend be stronger than an unwaived letter because it shows you have confidence in what people are writing about your skills. However, since it is from your home country, it will be understandable that the letter is unwaived.

I would use this letter because an LoR from another specialty specifically praising your skills in another specialty is one of the strongest recommendations you can have. It shows just how prominent your skills are.

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Thanks for the reply, it was really helpful.
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