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Old 07-30-2012
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Certificate LoR Written by a DO

Hi guys . I have a question regarding LOR.
is it good a LOR from a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (Family practice) for a MD applying to surgery or IM ?

What is the difference in terms of importance ?

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The title of the letter writer does not have a huge impact on the weight of the LoR, what's more important is the institution.

I would rank the weight of an LoR from best to lower as follows;

Well known University
Less known University
Community Hospital
Private practice group or hospital
Private clinic (solo practice)

So it's the letterhead (the logo) of the letter that's imprinted that gives the highest impression, beyond that they don't really know the author as there are thousands of them and it's unlikely the PD will know your letter writer.

The other issue here, is that the specialty, if and FM MD or DO writes for you and IM LoR then it wouldn't be a strong as if the writer was an IM MD or DO.

DOs here in America are well respected and they are not much different from MDs, they go to the same residency programs. It's rarely where you find a PD who hates DOs and does not recognize them.

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Default Thank you !!

I would say, that was a great answer .
Thanks Steptaker.

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