Make 'em bleed!
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May 7, 2006
Ann Arbor, MI and Chicago
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Integrated and Independent applications are in the process. I remember meeting with my mentors before asking them to write a LOR.
I asked them for feedback on my stengths and weaknesses. This gave me a good idea about whom to ask.

I was wondering how others go about asking for LORs, and how to judge what someone may write.
Good luck to all those getting their applications together


Rhinestone Cowboy
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15+ Year Member
Jan 3, 2003
At the bottom of a wishing well . . .
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I found this question to be key:

"Do you feel that you could write a strong letter of recommendation for my application to plastic surgery training programs?"

Most faculty will recognize the keyword "strong" and be honest in their answer. Of course, no one said "no" to me and I matched.


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Jul 3, 2005
Sunny SoCal
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I asked the ppl who i felt knew me enough to give me strong letters, usually you can pick up those that wont go out of their way to promote you.
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