Originally Posted by Phloston
Now that you look back on things, do you guys have any unique perspective as far as how to rip super-great LoRs? Would you have done anything differently / acted differently?
I've already given my experience. I have not seen my US LoRs so Im not sure but I imagine they are good - remember you must ask for a strong
LoR. I did not ask at the time as I did not plan on coming here, it was 3 years later but I stayed in touch and they remembered me! Staying in touch is very important, more than the LoRs is the connections and someone who will go out of their way to help you get interviews etc. As for my letters from my home country - I wrote them myself and am a very good writer and they were very well received! You may find a letter from the Chair of Surgery at your medical school is required so go and say hello and make sure they will write you a letter or at least sign what you have to write! You might also be surprised, perhaps some of the surgeons down under have rubbed shoulders with bigwigs in the States and will put a good word in for you.