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Gift or cards for references?

Discussion in 'Pharmacy Residencies and Fellowships' started by Glycerin, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Glycerin

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    Are any of you who are applying for residencies getting a small gift or writing thank you cards for your references who write your letters of recommendation? I'm not sure which to do or what is appropriate, but I do want to thank them in some way for writing the letters.
     
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  3. ItsOverZyvox

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    Get $10 - $20 starbuck cards as christmas gift for your worthy supervisors and professors...including your reference providers. That takes away the bribe factor.
     
  4. Glycerin

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    For serious? That's a lot of cards... :D
     
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    Last year I wrote thank you notes to all of my recommenders. I heard of other people giving gift cards but I didn't feel right doing it, even if it was a $10 card. At the minimum a thank you note is a must! Good luck!
     
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    eh I was thinking 4 or 5 people..not 10 to 20.
     
  7. TCB

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    A gave a box of chocolate to my recommender, she mentioned that she wanted it jokingly...
     
  8. Hels2007

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    I don't expect anything, but I would say a card would be enough. I wouldn't feel comfortable accepting a gift...
     
  9. janeno

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    I think giving a gift card is a little bit too much: it might look like a bribe (in my personal opinion). Thank you card should be sufficient and is probably more professional.
     
  10. Ilovecardio

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    I gave all of the people who wrote letters of recommendation for me a little gift basket along with a thank you note. I gave the gifts after they had all submitted their letters so it shouldn't seem like a bribe or anything. It is a lot of work to write all of those letters and I wanted to show my appreciation for the time they took to do it.
     
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    I waited until after the letters had been sent out and then wrote a thank you and gave a starbucks gift card. However, I don't think its really necessary to give anything if you don't feel comfortable doing it. Its really not expected.
     

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