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Hi friends,

I will be applying for residency this year. So far I have 6 US LORs and 3 med school LORs. 4 out of 6 US LORs are from a big ACGME accredited program (3 waived and one unwaive), where I did observership and research(3 and 4.5 months respectively).

Other 2 are from private hospital and clinic in US.

So my question is how to proceed with LORs

Should I go for all 4 ACGME accredited LORs from same program?

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3 LORs from similar program + 1 med school?

Or

3 LORs from similar program + 1 from private US hospital/ clinic ?

If moderator or any one can spare some thoughts on it please.
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Varying your LoRs (different institutes) is the best way to go because this will show off that you have done several things and that several institutes have liked you.

Also one more important note, if you have more 3 years since graduation then the med school LoR are not very helpful.

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Varying your LoRs (different institutes) is the best way to go because this will show off that you have done several things and that several institutes have liked you.

Also one more important note, if you have more 3 years since graduation then the med school LoR are not very helpful.

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Thanks for the prompt reply StepTaker.

Just one more question: Does it make any difference if all letter writers similar ethnicity as mine but they all are from here ( I mean US citizen) ?
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Thanks for the prompt reply StepTaker.

Just one more question: Does it make any difference if all letter writers similar ethnicity as mine but they all are from here ( I mean US citizen) ?
i think it does if all your LOR's are from the doctors who are from your own country..you should try getting atleast 1 or 2 lors from american physicians so that everything looks uniform..i mean if you have time to..otherwise go ahead with your previous ones..good luck..!!
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Thanks for the prompt reply StepTaker.

Just one more question: Does it make any difference if all letter writers similar ethnicity as mine but they all are from here ( I mean US citizen) ?
It might raise an eye brow if all from same ethnicity. But not too much impact. People here in the US understands that connection is needed to get USCE.

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Hi all,

I have some questions, I hope you guys won't mind answering!

I did an elective in 2011 and have four LORs. I am now applying for the 2014 match. All of them are waived. I am in a difficult situation as to how I should ask all my attendings to make the LORs uptodate. Should I ask them to change the date on the top of the letterhead or to really update the letter itself(which might be quite time consuming and annoying for them)? How can I ask them nicely?

Thanks a lot guys!
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Thanks for the prompt reply StepTaker.

Just one more question: Does it make any difference if all letter writers similar ethnicity as mine but they all are from here ( I mean US citizen) ?

Of course. The massage for program Director is that you are not able to communicate or have professional relations beside your cultural zone or that you using your personal connection for carrier. Both are not good.

This will only works if you will apply for program where your ethnicity people decide about who is going to be resident.

Do not send to many letters, quality is more important that quantity.
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Hi all,

I have some questions, I hope you guys won't mind answering!

I did an elective in 2011 and have four LORs. I am now applying for the 2014 match. All of them are waived. I am in a difficult situation as to how I should ask all my attendings to make the LORs uptodate. Should I ask them to change the date on the top of the letterhead or to really update the letter itself(which might be quite time consuming and annoying for them)? How can I ask them nicely?

Thanks a lot guys!
Just ask them, if they can update your letter. Generally they will change the date (one of my attending did that for me). But someone is kind enough might update the content for you.
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Just ask them, if they can update your letter. Generally they will change the date (one of my attending did that for me). But someone is kind enough might update the content for you.
But what if that's not possible? Would using a letter that is dated in 2011 be any problem at all?
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But what if that's not possible? Would using a letter that is dated in 2011 be any problem at all?
If it is not possible then your only option is to use 2011 letters unless you have other more recent letters.

And if you think they are good letters then you should not worry about using them.

But first ask all of them to update and lets hope at least 1 or 2 ll update it.

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Hey guys thank you for your suggestions, I did ask the attendings to change the date of the LOR to a recent date and guess what ?? Everyone agreed and some even said they would update the letter content and have asked me to send my updated CV.

THanks all.
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