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I plan to apply for radiology residency this year. Is it a good idea to get all 3 of my LORs, or at least 2, from radiologists? Or is it smart to only get one rads and get another 2 for IM/surgery or something else?
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I plan to apply for radiology residency this year. Is it a good idea to get all 3 of my LORs, or at least 2, from radiologists? Or is it smart to only get one rads and get another 2 for IM/surgery or something else?
The ideal situation is to have all your LOR from the specialty that you are applying to, even better if they are "heavy" LOR, form the a chairman, a division director or a program director.
If you are an IMG this May not be possible, and you will have to apply with LOR from other specialties and that is alright , they will be really helpful as long as they are from US physicians
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The ideal situation is to have all your LOR from the specialty that you are applying to, even better if they are "heavy" LOR, form the a chairman, a division director or a program director.
If you are an IMG this May not be possible, and you will have to apply with LOR from other specialties and that is alright , they will be really helpful as long as they are from US physicians
I think I can get 3 LORs for Rads.

Is the ethnicity of the physicians writing the LORs a factor at all? I'm at a really big university hospital. I fear though that even though the ethnicities of all of the docs are different to mine, someone may just assume they are actually the same..
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I think I can get 3 LORs for Rads.

Is the ethnicity of the physicians writing the LORs a factor at all? I'm at a really big university hospital. I fear though that even though the ethnicities of all of the docs are different to mine, someone may just assume they are actually the same..
That is nonsense , that has nothing to do
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That is nonsense , that has nothing to do
Well, I have heard that PDs don't look so favorably on the LOR if they reckon it's someone of similar ethnicity to the IMG, though I have no personal experience with this.
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Well, I have heard that PDs don't look so favorably on the LOR if they reckon it's someone of similar ethnicity to the IMG, though I have no personal experience with this.
Not true (you know , hopefully they won't have your same last name, that can be confusing)
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