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Hi all, can I clarify what the phrase "Letters of recommendation in the specialty", as seen in the NRMP matching data, exactly means?

Is it:

(a) an LOR coming from a DOCTOR of your specialty of choice

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(b) an LOR coming from any doctor, describing you in the CONTENT of the letter to be fit for that particular specialty of choice?

Sorry if I'm making the simple rather complicated! I hope you guys get what I mean. Thank you!
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Anyone, please? I am not asking for a 100% clear cut answer, just a consensus on what is the basic understanding of the majority!
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Anyone, please? I am not asking for a 100% clear cut answer, just a consensus on what is the basic understanding of the majority!
well, I think it is a letter specific to the specialty you want to apply written by that particular field specialist. For example: if u want to apply in peds then it should come from pediatrician.
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Choice B is correct.

The letter writer does not have to be a specialist in the specialty that you are applying for but he/she should clearly indicate that you are fit for that specialty.

For example a neurologist is writing for you, then he says that you will be a great internal medicine resident.

LoRs can also be general (non-specific) with no specialty mentioned.

However, the question is which one is stronger? the answer is: definitely it will be stronger if the letter is written by a doctor in the same specialty, ie in our example above the neurologist is recommending you for neurology residency.

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Ohhhh ok. At least now I have a clearer perspective. Thank you very very much, Iron and Steptaker!
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