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there are confusing opinions about letters of recommendations from the country of origin
Some say that it's useless
Others say it can help

What do you think?
 

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YES, they are absolutely useful

People used to say that PD will never accept LORs from "aliens" and they love to see American signatures

but I learned that's not true, now that I sit with my program coordinator

The fact that you are an IMG will sure lend itself as a clear justification why you've got an overseas LOR

You know what
I well written emotional LOR from your head of department before he/she kisses you goodbye works far better than a superficial LOR written quickly by some freaking famous American doc!
 

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The best combination you use is 2 US LORs and 2 from your home country physicians who supervised you during your clinical training.
US LORs are important to give the PD a sort of security that you are familial with the American system, but they can never substitute those from your original supervisors who know the reality about your clinical skills, manners, personality...
 

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hey

hi applicantGuide i am a 2009 graduate i got my lor's last year is it ok if i use it for this match...i preferred to take tht time as they saw me working under their supervision and n they didnt hav to think much for what to write......i am still in touch with them though.......
 

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hi applicantGuide i am a 2009 graduate i got my lor's last year is it ok if i use it for this match...i preferred to take tht time as they saw me working under their supervision and n they didnt hav to think much for what to write......i am still in touch with them though.......
yes you can use them, many people i know matched in 2010 with 4 + years lors.
as long as the contact info are ok then no problem, although they will not contact anybody.

goodluck
 

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US experience but no LOR

The best combination you use is 2 US LORs and 2 from your home country physicians who supervised you during your clinical training.
US LORs are important to give the PD a sort of security that you are familial with the American system, but they can never substitute those from your original supervisors who know the reality about your clinical skills, manners, personality...
Would an LOR by a US MD be equivalent to US clinical experience also? I ask because most IMGs get into clerkships/observerships/externships to get an LOR by a US MD. is this true?

I have an elective clinical clerkship in UCLA last 2007 but unfortunately have not been able to ask for LORs from my mentors there. would this experience lose credit? Thank you.
 

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Would an LOR by a US MD be equivalent to US clinical experience also? I ask because most IMGs get into clerkships/observerships/externships to get an LOR by a US MD. is this true?

I have an elective clinical clerkship in UCLA last 2007 but unfortunately have not been able to ask for LORs from my mentors there. would this experience lose credit? Thank you.
This is exactly what happened with me and then I was told that nobody will buy that elective unless I get the LoR and so I had to contact the people and beg them to write the LoR and they had difficulty remembering me.
Yes, you have to get the LoR otherwise the elective won't be useful :(
 

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begging for LoR

This is exactly what happened with me and then I was told that nobody will buy that elective unless I get the LoR and so I had to contact the people and beg them to write the LoR and they had difficulty remembering me.
Yes, you have to get the LoR otherwise the elective won't be useful :(
Thank you! but were you able to get an LoR with the begging? I understand, that an LoR is a HUGE favor. how did you coax them into writing you one?
 

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Thank you! but were you able to get an LoR with the begging? I understand, that an LoR is a HUGE favor. how did you coax them into writing you one?
Yes they gave me the LoR but it was difficult only because I requested at a later time. If you ask for it while you are still there, it shouldn't be that difficult and no need of hoaxing :p
 

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Help me wth tht plz

I am going to get LoRS from my country ... NOW my Questions are the following:

1- Are there any certain instructions for NONE USA LoRS?

2- Are "waive or not to waive" cover sheet and these papers applying to NONE USA LoRS?

3- DO U have a FORMAT for NONE USA LoRS?

thnx a lot ..
 

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I am going to get LoRS from my country ... NOW my Questions are the following:

1- Are there any certain instructions for NONE USA LoRS?

2- Are "waive or not to waive" cover sheet and these papers applying to NONE USA LoRS?

3- DO U have a FORMAT for NONE USA LoRS?

thnx a lot ..
There's no difference, everything that applies to US LoRs is applied to your non-US (home country) LoR.
You should get the coversheet, you can waive your rights, ...etc
For more information read here
http://www.usmle-forums.com/residen...ers-recommendations-lors-list-guidelines.html
 

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You are doing a great job here ! very informative post & forum in general

I have another issue,it might be a bit odd !
I'm 2007 graduate,I've been living in USA for the past 2 years,I asked for LOR from one of my surgery professors during medical school(coz he's the only one that I still have conatct with !),yet he's retaired & living in europe.he wrote me a good letter.
the question is:
-since he's retired, he wrote the letter on a regular paper,not one with an official letterhead
-the letter is new,but he's talking about my performance in medical shool clerckships before 2007,is that too old?!

I appreciate the help.
 
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