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A Short Note about Fellowship LORs

May 28, 2017

Hello everyone,

I’ve just started reading How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times by Roy Peter Clark, which is convenient because the MICU is busy this weekend. This will be brief.

If you’re applying to fellowship this year: please read the attached “Guidelines for a Standardized Fellowship Letter of Recommendation,” recently published by colleagues in medical education. The guidelines encourage residency Program Directors to adhere to a concise, standardized format (two pages, max), and to use consistent, easily-interpreted terminology. Letters should be posted on ERAS by July 1 so Fellowship Program Directors have enough time to review. I’ll be flying to Scandinavia on June 24 for a two week trip, so I plan to post the letters by then.

If you want me to write a letter for you this year, please get the following to me within two weeks:

  • An updated CV
  • Suggested talking points for your letter. These could include:
  • A description of your academic accomplishments (research, presentations at national meetings, articles, quality improvement and patient safety projects, education contributions, etc.)
    • Contributions to the residency (committees, interest groups, peer mentorship, help with recruitment, event planning, etc.)
    • Special accomplishments
    • Special considerations
  • Anything else you think important
  • An ERAS coversheet with the codes needed for posting

I’m happy to meet with you to discuss your plans- just make an appointment with Tatianna.

Have a restful Memorial Day, everyone, and please take a moment to reflect upon the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.



Mark D. Siegel, MD, FCCP, FACP

Professor of Internal Medicine

Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Submitted by Mark David Siegel on May 28, 2017