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31 Letters of Recommendation

July 09, 2017

Hello everyone,

I’ve completed my annual letter writing marathon and 31 fellowship LORs are now posted on ERAS. Although the individual letters are confidential, I thought you’d like seeing the template used to compose them (attached). The template saves time but, more importantly, ensures a consistent structure that contains all the key elements. This year’s letter changed to adhere to new AAIM guidelines (attached), but I have no doubt everyone will match extremely well as always.

Even if you’re not applying this year, look at the template to see how you are evaluated in the domains of clinical performance, scholarship, and citizenship, which is what fellowship directors care about. Although the template includes verbiage that can reflect poor or mediocre performance, most residents performed magnificently and this was richly reflected in their letters.

FYI, here’s what people are applying in this year:

  • Cardiology: 2
  • Endocrinology: 1
  • GI: 7
  • General Internal Medicine: 1
  • Heme-Onc: 6
  • ID: 2
  • Informatics: 1
  • National Clinical Scholars Program: 1
  • Nephrology: 1
  • Pulmonary & Critical Care: 5
  • Rheumatology: 4
  • Sleep: 1

Good luck to all the candidates!

Warmly,

Mark

Submitted by Mark David Siegel on July 10, 2017