Gift idea

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I have been fortunate to have worked with a few amazing attendings this past year and have been told by multiple interviewers that they have written outstanding and extraordinary letters of recommendation for me. The relationship that I have with them is more than a simple attending-MS4. I feel like they truly care about me succeeding and chasing my goals. One is a cardiac surgeon and the other is a cardiac anesthesiologist. Assuming that I match, I would like to give them a small token of appreciation, just a small gift that would be a sign and reminder of my gratitude for their mentorship.

I was thinking of a "cardiac"-related book with a thank you note, something like this:

EDIT: For some reason the Amazon link keeps getting blocked. It's a book - "Heart: A history" by Sandeep Jauhar

Do you guys have any other suggestions?

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Honestly, a nice hand written card saying thank you is more than enough. Especially for a cardiac surgeon and anesthesiologist! Now if this were for a Peds endocrine or ID attending, maybe a gift card to help buy food and cover some of their rent would be a nice touch.

Kidding aside, something personal and genuine means the most. No books or knickknacks needed.
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Agree. Thank you card and MAYBE a gift card to starbucks or something.

It's the thought more than item. Just gesture your thanks. The book is a great idea, but if they wanted it, they'd get it. If you feel it's something they should see/read, just mention it to them instead of buying it for them maybe.

It might just be me, but I don't even like to get hand written thank you cards post interview. It's just awkward to read them. I do appreciate the gesture, but a simple email is better. I know that an interview interaction is way less than what you are talking about, but I think that simple is better applies here.
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I agree with the others that a card, with at least a few thoughtful sentences written inside, is the most appropriate thank you. I would not any actual "gift" from someone for whom I wrote a letter.

Keep in mind that providing mentorship to med students/residents, including writing letters of recommendation, is part of our job. A thoughtful "thank you" will suffice.
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Adding my voice to the chorus: A sincere hand-written thank you note (preferably on nice stationary) goes a long way.
Alright. Thank you everyone! A nice card it will be.