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Certificate ECFMG ERAS Letter Writer Portal (LWP) ?

I am wondering if anybody is going to try LWP this year? Is this as effective as Paper LORS we send by mail and ECFMG scan them ?? I am concerned because will it show the hospital icons on letter head as they are visible on Paper LOR and does anybody recommend it? Although it is less time consuming and easy to use, I am still confused.
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I'm using it, well, my LOR writers are. And yes, you have to tell them to use the letterhead and so on. But they can also write it, scan it and upload it. I'm still waiting for my first letter to arrive. I'm using it for the letters where I waived my rights.
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I'm using it, well, my LOR writers are. And yes, you have to tell them to use the letterhead and so on. But they can also write it, scan it and upload it. I'm still waiting for my first letter to arrive. I'm using it for the letters where I waived my rights.
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I'm going to waive my rights as well, can you explain me the process, is it easy for the letter writers to use it??... did you send explanations of how to use it to them by email, is it easy for them?. Please help me out, i was starting to think the older option was easier for them.
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I don't think it's that complicated, they have to register and simply upload it from their computer. It is much faster, simplier, my writers all chose it instead of mailing (remember that if they mail it, they have to do it soon, as it takes 6 weeks to proceed)
don't you waive your right to see it in the case of all letters?
Isn't it that the LOR is more valued if you waived your right?..
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I'm going to waive my rights as well, can you explain me the process, is it easy for the letter writers to use it??... did you send explanations of how to use it to them by email, is it easy for them?. Please help me out, i was starting to think the older option was easier for them.
go to the ECFMG page - there's a link for letter writers.
I think the " most difficult" part of it is the signature, at least in my opinion. They have various options to attach it, it's all explained on the ECFMG website. I guess they could also do it the old fashioned way and then scan it and upload it.
I don't know if it's easy or not, I'm waiting on feedback from one ...
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I don't think it's that complicated, they have to register and simply upload it from their computer. It is much faster, simplier, my writers all chose it instead of mailing (remember that if they mail it, they have to do it soon, as it takes 6 weeks to proceed)
don't you waive your right to see it in the case of all letters?
Isn't it that the LOR is more valued if you waived your right?..
WAiving your rights or not has been explained many times in this forum, just do a search option and you'll see it.
I don't know if it really adds a lot. If you're sure they'll say positive things about you, I would waive my rights, if you're not so sure then you might want to double check before submitting
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go to the ECFMG page - there's a link for letter writers.
I think the " most difficult" part of it is the signature, at least in my opinion. They have various options to attach it, it's all explained on the ECFMG website. I guess they could also do it the old fashioned way and then scan it and upload it.
I don't know if it's easy or not, I'm waiting on feedback from one ...
Did you contact them letting them know the new procedure, or just sent the request through the portal? i was thinking about writing them an email first.
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Did you contact them letting them know the new procedure, or just sent the request through the portal? i was thinking about writing them an email first.
I contacted them first and explained just in case.....
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I'm using it, well, my LOR writers are. And yes, you have to tell them to use the letterhead and so on. But they can also write it, scan it and upload it. I'm still waiting for my first letter to arrive. I'm using it for the letters where I waived my rights.
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Thanks for your reply dr_mhm, so if they are going to scan it and upload it then its a good option. One more question if I don't waive my rights to see LOR , can I see how it looks once uploaded to my account.
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I dont think so. You can only see if it has been uploaded or not yet
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Thanks for your reply dr_mhm, so if they are going to scan it and upload it then its a good option. One more question if I don't waive my rights to see LOR , can I see how it looks once uploaded to my account.
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I don't know. The one I have in there so far is a LOR where I waived my rights so obviously I don't see it.
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I don't know. The one I have in there so far is a LOR where I waived my rights so obviously I don't see it.

Hi, what to do for FERPA when we r sending this letter request form for waived letter, that is also one of the options there?

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I don't know. The one I have in there so far is a LOR where I waived my rights so obviously I don't see it.
pls dr can u mention stepwise how to use LWP ...im going to use it ...but still confused ...pls help me know how u did it in stepwise pattern...thanku
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