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Can I take the lor from the attending in a sealed envelope, keep it with me and not open it-then when its time, I send the sealed lor with the cover sheet to the ecfmg? will it be counted waived lor?
as I dont have an AAMC ID yet and i am scared that my attending will forget me by then and write a so so lor for me.
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Yes. You can do that.
But remember when you send the LoR later, you have to make it look as if the attending is sending it, not you. So put his contact information as the sender not yours.

Also, make sure to make the envelop really sealed.

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Sabio,
Can u ask the writer to give u a copy of the Lor for u to keep and then waive the original LoR? Or will the fact that the attending knows that he has given u a copy make it sound like the letter is not waived?
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Ideally, the letter writer should not give you the LoR and he should himself/herself send it to ERAS.

However, sometimes attendings do not care or sometimes there is a strong relationship with you, so they give you the LoR (ideally should be sealed) and then you can yourself mail it to ERAS.

Some attendings even go further, they show you the LoR and you approve it and then they send it as "waived"!

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Yes. You can do that.
But remember when you send the LoR later, you have to make it look as if the attending is sending it, not you. So put his contact information as the sender not yours.

Also, make sure to make the envelop really sealed.

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Sabio, how do you make it look like the attending sent it? I wouldn't want to do that.
I mean, if I have a LOR in a sealed envelope with an institutional stamp on the back e.g. and then put this envolope along with the cover sheet (which I will fill out once i get my #) in another envelope, I think it's clear that the first envelope was never opened (waived letter). I don't know if I'm expressing myself correctly here but I would not sent a LOR and make it look as somebody else sent it. In that case, I would prefer to see the letter, consider it not waived and sent it myself with the cover sheet once I have the #.
I think especially for the foreign LORs that's sometimes the only option we have.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Sabio, how do you make it look like the attending sent it? I wouldn't want to do that.
I mean, if I have a LOR in a sealed envelope with an institutional stamp on the back e.g. and then put this envolope along with the cover sheet (which I will fill out once i get my #) in another envelope, I think it's clear that the first envelope was never opened (waived letter). I don't know if I'm expressing myself correctly here but I would not sent a LOR and make it look as somebody else sent it. In that case, I would prefer to see the letter, consider it not waived and sent it myself with the cover sheet once I have the #.
I think especially for the foreign LORs that's sometimes the only option we have.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Yes. You are right.

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