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I asked the physician I rotated with in the US for a LoR in anticipation for this year's match, and he said he was extremely busy and I can either take a "standard" one his secretary has saved on the computer, or I can write one myself.

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I would stay away from that attending if I were you.
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Thanks for the warning...

Any other opinions?
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I doubt there is any attending out there that has the time to sit and compose a letter of recommendation. They have to write tons for medical students and externs, and combined with their busy schedule, it's impossible to write a different letter for each individual.
This is why most, if not all of them have templates already set for LOR. They sometimes ask for you to provide them with extra information about yourself to include in the letter.
This attending is obviously busy. Go through the template, offer any additions or subtractions if necessary. And get your LOR before he changes his mind.
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I doubt there is any attending out there that has the time to sit and compose a letter of recommendation. They have to write tons for medical students and externs, and combined with their busy schedule,it's impossible to write a different letter for each individual.
This is why most, if not all of them have templates already set for LOR. They sometimes ask for you to provide them with extra information about yourself to include in the letter.
This attending is obviously busy. Go through the template, offer any additions or subtractions if necessary. And get your LOR before he changes his mind.
I agree with GamX , you should go ahead and write it and then ask the attending to put his signature and stamp etc.
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That is a sweet deal.. You can list all your accomplishments and how you stood out in the rotation. And an MD physician will sign off on that? Can you please PM me with that info? I messaged you already! Thanks so much
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i had a same situation my Dr said she is soo busy to write me any recommendation and asked me to write by myself and she will check and sign it..i was confused but my friend gave e same advice ..write you lor before she change her mind...i wrote it but later when i went to take it i found another LOR i mean it was mine but she just edit my lor and removed some part from that..: result i have LOR but it has only few sentences about 10...i was mad but think its batter then nothing right?
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