I have a electives scheduling dilemma, which I need to resolve today, so any advice is welcome. I'm a med student, getting ready to apply in ophtho this year. I'm currently on a research rotation for the month of June, and expect to get a letter from my mentor, who I've also worked with clinically. He's a "big-wig" in his field, and we're at a big-name school for ophtho, so that's great. But I need a second ophtho letter (according to some but not all people), right? Someone at my school suggested a particular guy to try to work with. Not necessarily "big-wig", but supposed to be a great guy, so here's hoping he would write a great letter. Thing is, if I work with him in July, he'll only be here for 2 weeks, and he only works 3 half-days a week in clinic, which just ain't much basis for a strong letter, ya know? And if I post-pone 'til August, that's getting a little late to ask for a letter with any time for him to write it and still get my application turned in in a timely manner. So, please advise. Should I: a) Work with him in July even though it'll be a measely 6 half-days of working together. b) Work with him in August and ask him to write quickly, and try get my application in by early September. c) Stop trying to get a second ophtho letter and do some other rotation that I'll never get a chance to do again. d) Find a different ophthalmologist to work with in July. Thanks!