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DO Letter of Recommendation

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by DrTempoOne, Jul 6, 2017.

  1. DrTempoOne


    Aug 27, 2016
    Hi all,

    Good news, I received 7 secondaries lately but bad news, I think some of them will not accept my DO letter because the DO that I shadowed is my cousin.

    Am I pretty much screwed?

    Thank you.
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  3. Goro

    Goro Faculty 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Somewhere west of St. Louis
    As long as you're up front that the DO was your cousin, you still have a chance.

    But this is a teaching moments for SDNers to avoid the nepotism.
  4. Coltuna

    Coltuna 2+ Year Member

    Nov 2, 2015
    You're not screwed per say. Honesty is the best policy. Some schools don't even require the letter.
  5. HopefulDoc91

    HopefulDoc91 Probationary Status 2+ Year Member

    Jun 21, 2015
    I am in a similar situation. I have a LOR from my aunt (DO) and she has a different last name than me. I also have a LOR from a DO I work for. Not all the secondaries ask if you have a relative in osteopathic medicine. Do you think I should reach out to all my schools and let them know she's my aunt? Even though I have the other LOR from the DO I work for?
  6. jlward12


    Feb 14, 2017
    Shadowing your relatives is very smart, but getting a letter from them is not. Their letters can be very biased so that's why schools don't like to see them. If it's possible for you to get another letter then do that. You can be honest, but I don't know if you'll get any love.
  7. icamel

    icamel 7+ Year Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    How would they know it is from your cousin though?

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