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Question Is it good LoR ?

Hello guys,

I did elective in Cardiology and i spent one week only in the Clinic with the program director of Cardiology and he gave me a LoR but my feeling that it is not good letter ...
This is the main part of the letter:
I met Mr.X shadow me for six patients cessations lab lab lab ...
then:
Mr.X was medically very well inform, was most pleasant and helpful with patients, rapidly comprehended and integrated new ideas, and was a great pleasure with whom to discuss cases. My sense in this short period if time that he should do extremely well and be an asset wherever he goes for his residents training

So, do you advice me to send it ?
How i know if the Lor good or not ?
Thanks in advance ...
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If that's the only letter you have, then it is better than nothing.

If that's the only letter you have from a board certified physician, then it holds more water than a LOR from a physician in your home country.

If you have more LORs from board certified physicians, then you can use your own discretion to determine those that will be used.
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Hello guys,

I did elective in Cardiology and i spent one week only in the Clinic with the program director of Cardiology and he gave me a LoR but my feeling that it is not good letter ...
This is the main part of the letter:
I met Mr.X shadow me for six patients cessations lab lab lab ...
then:
Mr.X was medically very well inform, was most pleasant and helpful with patients, rapidly comprehended and integrated new ideas, and was a great pleasure with whom to discuss cases. My sense in this short period if time that he should do extremely well and be an asset wherever he goes for his residents training

So, do you advice me to send it ?
How i know if the Lor good or not ?
Thanks in advance ...
Hey this looks Gud.
What else do u want to see if I may asked.
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Hey guys,

I got this unwaived LoR from a highly reputed doctor in the US and is approximately one page with very positive sentences. However, there is one sentence which the doctor wrote and I dont like. It is about the level of my knowledge which is not on the same scale with a 4th year US medical student, but says that in the right environment I would easily catch up.

I was not sure whether to put this letter on my application. My scores are Step1 in 240's and Step 2 in 250's.

Is it better to put it or not, because I do not have other US letters.

Sincerely,
Dr. Andrews
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Hey guys,

I got this unwaived LoR from a highly reputed doctor in the US and is approximately one page with very positive sentences. However, there is one sentence which the doctor wrote and I dont like. It is about the level of my knowledge which is not on the same scale with a 4th year US medical student, but says that in the right environment I would easily catch up.

I was not sure whether to put this letter on my application. My scores are Step1 in 240's and Step 2 in 250's.

Is it better to put it or not, because I do not have other US letters.

Sincerely,
Dr. Andrews

Very positive LOR. Add it.
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very positive lor. Add it.
thank you very much for your answer. I would be grateful if you could remove my post, since it is a part of the letter and i dont want to share it for too long.
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Hey guys,

I got this unwaived LoR from a highly reputed doctor in the US and is approximately one page with very positive sentences. However, there is one sentence which the doctor wrote and I dont like. It is about the level of my knowledge which is not on the same scale with a 4th year US medical student, but says that in the right environment I would easily catch up.

I was not sure whether to put this letter on my application. My scores are Step1 in 240's and Step 2 in 250's.

Is it better to put it or not, because I do not have other US letters.

Sincerely,
Dr. Andrews
IMO, do not use it. It's a red flag. Anything less than stellar is not acceptable in LoR.
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well here are two opposite answers. I am not sure who to listen now...
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well here are two opposite answers. I am not sure who to listen now...
I think programme directors like frank LOR not a cooked and packaged LOR. Infarct that is why most programmes value LOR from US doctor where they might believe u may not have a hand in cooking that LOR. So if all sentences are great except this statement which I thing it's not a red flag, then u shd be good to go with it. Infact they know you need to learn something different and ur scores does not show u r below average student. Infarct they are not expecting u to know more than their students but they know giving a good environment u would perform and that is what I would write for any body as well.

U may prove me wrong but an IMG is considered by some patients and even fellow residents to be below the mark until proven otherwise then they give u much regards for what u know. Yes I said some not all peopl view IMGs like that.
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