Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation (LoR) are letters that support your application for internship/residency programs. They are written by physicians who have supervised you during your medical education. You should ask the people whom you feel will give you a positive recommendation if they would be willing to write a letter for you.

The best choice for letter writers would be clinical faculty members with whom you have worked extensively during clinical rotations, research or special projects. Another good choice is clerkship directors for rotations in which you received an “Honors” grade.

Letters of Recommendation must be uploaded through the ERAS Letter of Recommendation Portal by the LoR author. It is the applicant's responsibility to follow-up with authors regardings LoRs. Applicants must create a separate LoR entry for each letter that they intend to use during the application season. The applicant will then send a unique letter identifier to their author as well as the uploading instructions. Only the author can upload a letter onto an application. For more information on the process reference the MyERAS User Guide.

It is important to request these letters far in advance of when you will need them, as it may take a long time for them to be completed.

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