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Question LOR Questios, Really need answers!

I really need your help guys with these two questions:

* My 1st question is: Can I make an account on AAMC and start having my LOR uploaded before having all my steps done and be ECFMG certified ??

* My 2nd question is: should the LOR author be MD ?? what if I work for the research pharmacy for of big university hospital and the Assistant Director of the department of pharmacy is willing to write a LOR for me ?! do you think that will be good or bad (Knowing that he will write a strong professional letter as I he knows me so well through more than a year and half working under his managment)

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I really need your help guys with these two questions:

* My 1st question is: Can I make an account on AAMC and start having my LOR uploaded before having all my steps done and be ECFMG certified ??

* My 2nd question is: should the LOR author be MD ?? what if I work for the research pharmacy for of big university hospital and the Assistant Director of the department of pharmacy is willing to write a LOR for me ?! do you think that will be good or bad (Knowing that he will write a strong professional letter as I he knows me so well through more than a year and half working under his managment)

Thanks in advance for help

1. No. You can only do that once you get a token which becomes available in late June - July.
2. You can do definitely do that.
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Thank you Dr. Said

but regarding my first question, I am a little bit confused as I heard many people talking about getting LOR when having their observerships or Clerckships early when they only have step 1 done !! any explanation ??

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but regarding my first question, I am a little bit confused as I heard many people talking about getting LOR when having their observerships or Clerckships early when they only have step 1 done !! any explanation ??

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You can only upload the LoRs after buying the token for ERAS, which becomes available in June-July (cant remember exact date) of every year. You can not upload the LoRs until you buy that token & get an ERAS ID. You may buy that token and submit your application to residency programs with all your steps taken or without taking any steps. Whether a program accepts applications with results pending etc. is up to the program itself. Most people only buy the token once they have passed their steps though.
I think you are confusing two things though. You can tell whoever is writing your LoR to write it and keep it on file, and once the time comes you can ask them to upload it. That's what most people do.
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1.I do not know about eras
2.any LOR is ok...it is needed to show that you behave well you have specific interest...if you do not have any other LOR and this supports your CV and your research work it's ok...but i think that MDs are better because they can assess your clinical experience and this is what programmes need...
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Thanks a lot guys for your reply, that is really appreciated
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its a good idea. to have LOR from research stuff. you say asistant director of research? how about CRA?
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