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Letters of Rec


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15+ Year Member
Nov 19, 2002
I was wondering if doing an externship in Oct. and getting a letter of rec from the attending you work with is too late because then you won't end up submitting your completed app until Nov. I've heard that you should get it out ASAP to any IM program you want to apply to. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks


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7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Aug 16, 2002
No, that's not too late. You can keep submitting letters (up to 4 per program) until the application deadline. That's something that a lot of people didn't really get in my class this year -- that the ERAS application is very piecemeal. You get the CAF in (your CV, basically) ASAP after ERAS opens, then your other pieces (letters, transcript, MSPE) trickle in as they are completed.

That being said, if it's a competitive program, they may fill all of their interview spots in Oct/Nov before your letter gets there. Just make sure you have at least 3 other letters and you should be fine.
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