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Can someone enlighten me on the new LOR Lock Policy in effect this season?
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Here's a quote from the official AAMC website
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1) LoR Authors must be finalized in the Documents/ Letters of Recommendation tab AND the LoR must be uploaded to the ERAS PostOffice by your Designated Dean’s Office or by the LoR Author via the LoR Portal in order to assign them to programs.
The LoR checkbox will remain disabled until both of these requirements are met.
2) LoR selections will be locked upon applying to a program or when assigning an LoR to a program an applicant previously applied to. Once an LoR selection is locked, an applicant will not be able to unassign it. An applicant may only change the selection prior to applying to a program.


Ref: https://www.aamc.org/download/258342...or_process.pdf
In the previous years. Applicants were able to request ECFMG to send LoRs to ERAS Postoffice before finalizing them in myERAS website. This year, you can't do that, you have to finalize the LoR first before uploading it (in OASIS if unwaived LoR) or (in LoR Portal if waived LoR).
Also, previously applicant were able to uncheck an LoR that is assigned to a program and upload a different one. This year you can't do that. Once you assign it (lock it) you cannot uncheck it or change it.

Both of these are actually good changes because
1) applicants before often forget to finalize the LoR in ERAS, they just upload the letter to ECFMG and that often created unnecessary delays and confusions.
2) applicants used to change LoRs frequently and the programs got confused in having to reupload the new LoR again and again with lots of confusions and delays.

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I also have some problems regarding this new LOR policy, what about the cover sheet, is it necessary for the writer to fill it. How is it done please?
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I also have some problems regarding this new LOR policy, what about the cover sheet, is it necessary for the writer to fill it. How is it done please?
It's no longer called cover sheet.
It's now called "Letter Request Form". This form will be generated when you finalize the LoR in ERAS and it has special ID no. The LoR writer should use that letter request form when uploading the the LoR in the LoR Portal.

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It's no longer called cover sheet.
It's now called "Letter Request Form". This form will be generated when you finalize the LoR in ERAS and it has special ID no. The LoR writer should use that letter request form when uploading the the LoR in the LoR Portal.

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So , the LOR writer should upload the letter , not me? how are they gonna do that?
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So , the LOR writer should upload the letter , not me? how are they gonna do that?
Yes. The LoR author should upload the LoR if it's a waived LoR.
Waived LoR means you waive your rights to see the LoR and you don't read it.
There will be instructions on how to upload the LoR on the Letter Request Form that I told you about in my previous post.

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If I have only one/two LORs uploaded on Eras, can I still apply to programs? and then assign the rest of LORs later?
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I have three LORs, I want to apply to IM and FM, can I assign these LORs to both of these specialties or is there any rule that I can assign them to only one specialty and need another three for the other specialty?
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Does this policy only apply to waived LORs? I uploaded my unwaived LORs through OASIS before I finalized the authors. Should I re-upload the letters? Thanks.
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I have three LORs, I want to apply to IM and FM, can I assign these LORs to both of these specialties or is there any rule that I can assign them to only one specialty and need another three for the other specialty?
You can use them for both specialities.
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If I have only one/two LORs uploaded on Eras, can I still apply to programs? and then assign the rest of LORs later?
I would like to know the answer.....
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If I have only one/two LORs uploaded on Eras, can I still apply to programs? and then assign the rest of LORs later?
You can apply.
But programs will deem your application (incomplete) and they will most likely filter you out and you will stay out of their list even after you later add the remaining LoR, this is because programs do not have time to check application profiles again and again, they do it only once, once you are filtered out then you are out. You can't get in back into their list except if you have connection and able to tell the coordinator or PD, hey please check my profile again, I have a complete LoR now.

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