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UAmeddan

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I was in a similar situation. I can only relay advice from my experience.

1. See if there is anyone famous in ophthalmology in your city/nearby. If you aren't close to a big program, the big-wigs may be more removed from academics now, but they may be happy to work with you. You can shadow them, do research, get to know them. I got 2 big-wig letters this way.

2. In my opinion, if you're going to go somewhere for just the purpose of getting a letter from one person, plan carefully. If that person is the program chairman/woman, it may be okay to do the regular rotation and let them know early that you are hoping for a letter. If that person is just on faculty...you may end up working with him/her for just one afternoon. So, if that's the case, I would recommend getting in touch with the doc and setting up an independent rotation. My other 2 LORs came from this strategy, and I think they had a lot more to say about me than someone who only worked with me for a day or so. Also, research rotations can bring you very close to attendings, and I loved the research rotation I did.

If you're going to do an away rotation, try to get a really solid understand about the structure of the away before you go. The aways can vary greatly.

Hope this helps
 
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what defines a "big-wig"? Does this refer to someone who is Director of the Ophtho dept or some other high-up position at a big academic center? Or is it someone who is "well-known" in the world of ophthalmology, in which case how can a medical student tell if someone is "well-known" (since we obviously extremely immersed in the field just yet)?
 

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what defines a "big-wig"? Does this refer to someone who is Director of the Ophtho dept or some other high-up position at a big academic center? Or is it someone who is "well-known" in the world of ophthalmology, in which case how can a medical student tell if someone is "well-known" (since we obviously extremely immersed in the field just yet)?

Ask them if they're a big wig. Thats how I found out ;)
 
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