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Letters of recommendation for radiology

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by cooper, Nov 28, 2001.

  1. cooper

    cooper New Member

    Nov 14, 2001
    Iowa City
    I am an M3 making my first post to this site. I have heard that for radiology it is good to get 2 letters from radiologists and the other one from something like surgery or medicine. Does anyone know more about this and whether it would be better to have a recommendation from a surgeon or IM physician?
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  3. pags

    pags Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2000
    I have one great letter from a radiologist, 2 from IM attendings, and one from the Chair of Anatomy on my behalf as an anatomy TA at my school. I've been told that a letter from the Director of Radiology from your school is the best to get. However, if it's not going to be very good, I'd rather get a hold of a great letter from a lesser attending. The question of two letters from radiologist better than one? I dunno, maybe. However, I have 10 interviews so far and hoping for more. Good luck.
  4. Scrofula

    Scrofula Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2001
    Boston, MA
    The most important thing is that the letters are strong. It makes sense that at least one of your letters will come from an attending in your chosen field--I had one from a radiologist and two internal medicine people and I have 11 interviews so far (in rads). I think of LOR like the personal statement in a way in that most everyone is going to have great LOR/good personal statement...these only become important when someone writes in your LOR that you're psychotic, or you go off the handle in your personal statement (i.e. attaching an image of your own chest x-ray or something).

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