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Certificate Is it worth a LOR from a home's doctor who did the residency in US?

I have to go an entire month to the hospital of my city if I want a LOR from the director of one clinical service.

This doctor is an expert in all the world on one patology of rheuma. He did his residency in US (in Jefferson Hospital) but 40 years ago! After that he returned to my country.

Is it worth spent a month doing an internship to get this LOR?

Is there any space reserved in Document Submission Form (DSF) or in the LOR to put the profile of the writter? I mean to clarify the goals of the writter, where he studied, if he is chief...

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The DSF form mentions the title and current position of the letter writer but it does not ask whether he's board certified or not, pretty much it depends on the name of the hospital where he's working currently.

This means that Program Directors in USA would most probably not recognize him as US trained and it would be considered a foreign LoR anyway.

If he's a member of an international community or a US Journal editor, you can mention that to attract the attention of US doctors.

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Which LoR is better
A) Home country Professor who was trained in USA and is a famous international figure
B) A simple doctor currently working in USA

My answer is
B

The idea is that when you get an LoR from a US physician this means that you have been exposed to the US healthcare system, something which Program Directors would love to see in IMGs.

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The DSF form mentions the title and current position of the letter writer but it does not ask whether he's board certified or not, pretty much it depends on the name of the hospital where he's working currently.

This means that Program Directors in USA would most probably not recognize him as US trained and it would be considered a foreign LoR anyway.

If he's a member of an international community or a US Journal editor, you can mention that to attract the attention of US doctors.

Question
Which LoR is better
A) Home country Professor who was trained in USA and is a famous international figure
B) A simple doctor currently working in USA

My answer is
B

The idea is that when you get an LoR from a US physician this means that you have been exposed to the US healthcare system, something which Program Directors would love to see in IMGs.

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i got 1 month diagnostic radio elective at thomas jeff for next yr,but came across few individuals on other forums who did not get an lor from this same radio elective.should i still go for it or just chuck the idea? i m planning for an IM residency.even if i manage to get one ,will that lor from diagnostic medicine be helpful for IM residency?please give your suggestions and review regarding what should i do.....plzzzzz:sorry::sorry::sorry:
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