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.

Warmly,

Mark

Mark D. Siegel, MD, FCCP, FACP

Professor of Internal Medicine

Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine


Submitted by Mark David Siegel on May 28, 2017