Letters of Recommendation
General Guidelines for Letters of
(Be sure to read the ERAS-specific
instructions following these general guidelines)
- You are responsible for obtaining 3 faculty letters of
- At least 1 should be from a faculty member in the discipline
to which you are applying.
- Be sure to check with the office of the faculty writing your
letters to ensure that your letters have been faxed.
- The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) is a must for
all programs and NOT counted as a faculty LOR..
- Some programs require a letter from the department chair.
- Other letters should be written by faculty members who know
you well and can comment in detail on your personal qualities.
They should have interacted with you sufficiently so that they can
provide specific information concerning your cognitive knowledge,
commitment, and work habits. At least one should be in your
- DO NOT submit more letters than requested by the
- DO NOT solicit letters from residents. Although they may know
you well, their recommendations will not be as influential as
those of faculty members.
- When soliciting letters, provide the faculty members with
copies of your CV, personal statement and grades for the clinical
rotations. Inform the faculty members of any special issues that
you wish to have them address.
- For EARLY MATCH and NON-ERAS programs, follow the
specific guidelines required by your specialty program. You should
request that the department put your letter in a sealed envelope for you
to send with your application.
- Be certain to provide faculty members with special forms that
programs may require.
Affairs does NOT send letters of recommendataion for non-ERAS programs, except
for some Dermatology programs.
ERAS-Specific Guidelines for
Letters of Recommendation:
- Carefully review the faculty "Request
for ERAS Letter of Recommendation" form for detailed instructions.
- A sample Request form is enclosed in your Match packet. You
must make copies of this form or print it from the Student
Affairs web site, under Residency Info, ERAS Request
- Fill out your portion of the form and give it to the faculty
member; review it with them to make sure they are aware of
- NOTE: The faculty member
must FAX the letter of recommendation to Student Affairs at
- You are responsible for checking the status of which letters
have been received by Student Affairs using MyERAS (you can track
the status after you certify your application), or
by checking the ERAS binder in Ginny Atwell's office AFTER you have
registered with ERAS.
- Letters will be accepted anytime AFTER June 1st.