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Writing your own letter of recommendation (from shadowing)

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Osteopathic [ DO ]' started by Aflac0421, Jul 14, 2012.

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  1. Aflac0421

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    So I've been shadowing 2 D.O's and both were only able to give me 2-3 half day visits (since they were busy). I wasn't planning on asking for a letter of recommendation since I figured I should get one from a physician that I shadowed longer with.

    However, at the end of one of my last days, one of the D.O's actually offered a letter of recommendation. The caveat was that I was going to write my own recommendation and he would look at it and make tweaks. I can understand why he would do this, since he is a very busy person.

    Nevertheless, I feel kind of weird writing a letter of recommendation for myself. I have read about people who have done it before. What makes it unusual is that I only shadowed with this physician for 2 days. I am not too sure what to write since I feel if I oversell myself, adcoms would see write through it. On the other hand, this would be a great backup in case I can't get a letter from another osteopathic physician.

    How do you think I should proceed with this?
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    NurWollen The Tardigrade Emperor

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    Definitely take the opportunity!
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    Your situation is not uncommon with busy professionals, nor do I see any issue with it. He has told you he is going to review it for content/edit and then sign off on it. This is practically as good if not better than him writing it (only shadowing him twice as you mentioned). It's really only his signature you need!


    I'm gonna quote a helpful post previously written on SDN, hope they're of help to you in your LOR situation.

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    So and so is a total badass and will dominate all diseases encountered in sickly patients. He should be a doctor. Make it so, ADCOM member.

    Best LOR, EVER.
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    "Basically, when I first saw him I knew he was true greatness. At first I was hesistant to even have him shadow under me...I mean with his massive intellect, I should be HIS shadow. Soon, after getting over my nerves, I approached him and became a better doctor because of it. Despite his impressive demeanor, hes a very down to earth person. Would not be surprised if he cures all forms of cancer within 3 months of becoming a doctor"
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    Oh stop talking about me like that. But thank you :p
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    I am bumping this thread because I've been asked to write my own LOR and I liked the example template given in a previous post. Makes it easier to find the thread :)
  8. BuddyTheElf

    BuddyTheElf Smiling's my favorite.

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    :thumbup:
    I had a physician who asked me to do the same thing for a LOR. Never pass up the opportunity for a (good) LOR!
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    Probably my favorite SDN post ever. Couldn't stop laughing the first time I read this.
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    Did you follow the posted advice in this thread for the content, or did you find another template? Anything you could share I'd appreciate it!
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    This is a win
  12. BuddyTheElf

    BuddyTheElf Smiling's my favorite.

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    No, I just Googled how to write a letter of recommendation and just kind of winged it. I also had copies of other LOR that I had received in the past (for grant applications, research fellowship app, etc), so I read those to see what style to use and what types of things to include. Posted above is a nice template, though! Wish I would have had that to use!
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    I've been in the exact same situation and written my own. Used templates I found online. Tried to keep in general and in line with the experience the physician and I had together.
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    Didn't want to start a new thread for this. But is it pretty typical to get around faculty letters? I've been out of school or a couple of years and getting 3 letters would be difficult and pointless.
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    touchpause13 DO c/o 2018

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    I couldn't help but notice ur avatar back5

    Good to see another rugger 'round these parts
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    I couldn't help but notice the avatar either. Made me really excited! Rugger for life!
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    touchpause13 DO c/o 2018

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    I've been waiting to use this haha uploadfromtaptalk1359475877784.jpg

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    Your avatar is visually assaultive.
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    i don't get it :(
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    :laugh:

    Never saw the replies to this thread. Excellent!
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    Should we address why a student would be good for Osteopathic medicine? Or just medicine in general?

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