How do I ask for a letter of recommendation for residency?
Top Tips for Residency Letters of Recommendation
- Know what a good letter of recommendation includes.
- Find awesome attendings at your clinical experiences.
- Always waive the right to view your letters.
- Choose your letter writer based on specialty.
- Don’t ask your friends or family for letters.
- Give your letter writers plenty of notice.
Can a resident write a letter of recommendation?
A letter from a resident is not an option. A brand-new attending in his or her first year out of residency may also not be the ideal candidate. If a faculty member is not familiar with letter writing, he or she may not include these statements and it may be hard for an interview committee to interpret the letter.
How many letters of rec do you need for residency?
Most programs ask for three or four letters of recommendation. A recommendation from a faculty member in the program you are applying to can carry significant weight as may a letter from a faculty member who knows the residency director in that program.
How far in advance should you ask for a recommendation letter?
Ask At Least a Month Before Your College Deadlines
Unless your school or teachers set other policies, you should ask for recommendation letters about four weeks before your college deadlines. If your deadlines vary, then ask four weeks before your earliest one.