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Hello everyone,
some of you have perhaps fear or read that other applicants was getting theirs Lors delayed. Often because they wanted to sample the Lors, when getting the AACM ID on 1st july and to waive their right to see this letter...

1. Best is to sample the Lors between beginning of the year till middle spring. Why till middle spring? --> Your Lor-writer is not available all time and he can be delayed up to 2 month or more. But no panic if starting recommanding it on middle spring, you don´t need it before 1. july.
Why at beginning of the year? --> best is your Lors are up to date, so best is having it from the same year you will apply for residency match.

2. You get the AACM ID as IMG only if are applying to ERAS. In fact you don´t have to put the AACM ID on yours LORS. But if you feel more confident to put it in your Lors, you can buy already an AACM token and get the ID. But I am not sure if you´re getting troubles, when you don´t want to participate in this match year and leave your MyERAS incomplete!!!! Also you have to pay the same fee again, when applying on 1. july, only your AACM ID will keep the same each time you buy a token. Is it 90 dollars worth it?!

3. "to waive their right to see this letter" --> Is it really an advantage to waive their right to see the letter? Until now I didn´t found any comment about that question. So even if we have fear that "not waiving" could be a disadvantage, we don´t have to wait till ERAS open on 1.july. We can simply ask our Lor-writer to send us the complete Lor (LOR+attachted coversheet) in an sealed letter. Then we can put all sealed letter in one larger envelope and send them from our home/office to ECFMG. This way, we can sample our Lors before summer and we can "waive our right" without violating this"waive".

Please check if something is wrong I have written!
Most importantly:

  1. Is a sealed letter able to meet the demand of " waive their right to see the letter", or have the Lor-writer have to send it directly to ECFMG from his office?
  2. Is it possible to apply for ERAS in reason to get the AACM ID before 1.july without participating on the "last" matching year?
 

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I got a private question and will put it into this thread by keeping him anonymous:

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<What is letter cover sheet?how can i get it?could u send it a sample of that?couldnt i send my rol in the sealed envelope whithout coversheet and send it to ecfmg?>

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1. The "letter cover sheet" is a one page letter which gives three informations:
- simply a short explanation for the person who will write your letter of recomandation (Lor), what is important to observe.
-you will write your name, your AACM ID and the name of the writer ... on this letter. It will help ECFMG to correctly upload your Lor into ERAS.
-You must indicate on this letter if you want to waive your right to see this letter of your writer or not.
--> It sounds complicated but it is very simple, best way you risk a short look at it and in the same time you can download it:
This link for IMG: https://www.aamc.org/download/140222/data/lor_img.pdf
This link for US-Grad.: https://www.aamc.org/download/139538/data/lor_us.pdf
For more detail infos: https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/140552/resources.html.

2. No you have to attach the letter cover sheet to the Lor of your writer. Normally you have to give him this letter and he must put it togheter with the Lor in a sealed envelope. But if you have already a "sealed Lor" you should ask ECFMG himself if there is a possibility to attach the letter cover sheet to the sealed Lor.
Or does someone else in this Forum could answer this question?!

Don´t hesitate to correct me if I have given false information!
 

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You cannot send waived LoR from your address

You cannot send the LoR from your address if you chose to waive your rights. The ECFMG and ERAS support services will accept it as "unwaived".
Waiving your rights means that you provide the DSF and the coversheet to the letter writer and he/she would then have to send it from their institution (not even their home). This is very important and it has been stated in the official ECFMG documentation here http://www.ecfmg.org/eras/lors.html
 

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The advantage of waiving your rights

An LoR with waived rights is more authentic and more professional and will carry more weight.
However, waiving your rights usually means extra burden to the letter writer as he/she would have to also send the coversheet and the DSF and would have to use the mail. If you don't have time, that might not be a good option.
In addition, LoRs without "waive" are good enough and they work without problems.

Another risk that you may be exposed to, is that the letter writer make some mistakes, like spelling your name or AAMC ID wrong or some other misinformed data. Therefore, I personally think, it's better "Not to waive" your rights, the advantages are more than the disadvantages.

Anyway, I put up a poll about this and let's see what our friends think about this, here's the link http://www.usmle-forums.com/residency-match-forum/5888-lors-waive-my-rights-not.html
 
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