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Dean's Letter- To waive or not to waive??

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by ecf1975do, Jun 22, 2002.

  1. ecf1975do

    ecf1975do Senior Member
    10+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
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    hi there. i would like some clarification
    from those who know about the deans letter-
    whether one should waive the right to read it
    or not? I have come to the conclusion that
    the majority of programs could care less if you
    read it before had. My advisor at my school said
    that if i wanted to do surgery that i must waive
    it and that probably also for EM. It seems that
    it is probably program specific. Also, there is
    the possibilty that the dean could write something quite negative or omit something that
    I feel is relevant to the letter..

    any experiences/advice would be appreciated
  2. Ligament

    Ligament Interventional Pain Management
    Physician Lifetime Donor SDN Advisor Verified Account 10+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2002
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    Do NOT EVER waive your rights! they are too valuable...

    I did not waive my rights to see my letters/dean's letter and got interviews at every program to which I applied, and landed a top notch residency in PM&R (not the most competetive, but still...)

    Imagine the damage that could occur if you unknowingly send out some crap letters by waiving your rights to see the letters.

    And you know what, I dont think the PD's actually give a damn whether you have waived your rights, and frankly I do not think they even know (or pay the attention to find out).

    I went to some interviews where the PD looked at my app. for a maximum of 30seconds. I am sure the same has happened to others on this forum.

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  3. NuMD97

    NuMD97 Senior Member
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    Feb 1, 2002
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    This is a very tricky issue, frankly. I remember quite well back when the Freedom Of Information Act was passed, back in 1974 and we all agonized about waiving our right to view documentation. The theory behind this (and a number of lawsuits bore this out subsequently) if you waive the right, then if the letter is a positive one, it comes without any pressure from the applicant to be a positive one. That what is included is genuine and not "coerced", as it were. If you don't waive your right, or so the theory goes, to avoid a potential lawsuit, the letter appears less credible because you appear to have been "reading over the shoulder" of the one writing it. Assuming you have been a student in good standing at your medical school, it should fly without your having read it. But I'll defer to the ones who have applied to the programs that you are most interested in, to see how they weigh in on this topic.
  4. PainMan

    PainMan Senior Member
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    Sep 23, 2001
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    Dont you have to send a Deans letter anyway? It would make sense for supporting letters, but I thought you were required to send a Deans letter.

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