10+ Year Member
- Dec 26, 2008
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Can I upload the letter myself or does the letter writer need to create an ERAS account and upload it themselves?
They don't need Eras account, they need AAMC account to upload it.
For one of my attending, a 75 year old sweet heart who couldn't operate computer, I created the account for him, chose a password for him and uploaded it lol
For the rest they upload themselves or their secretary does
What if you have an old timer who doesn't like computers and said he would write a letter of recommendation but not go online and type it out?
The system is a pain and its ultimately why one of my letter writers gave up on the process. Fortunately I had backups. For some physicians who are busy and would gladly write and mail a letter its a huge inconvenience.
The whole process would be a lot easier if they also gave the letter writer the option to mail it to ERAS for upload the way the AMCAS/Interfolio letters used to work.
I recommend that anyone who had an issue with this indicate it on their ERAS surveys.
It's disappointing. Just to see for myself I logged onto the letter of rec portal as if I was going to submit a letter for someone. All you really have to do is punch in the ERAS letter ID and upload the letter itself. Very easy. I don't see how someone couldn't work their way through it with virtually no motivation at all, let alone when the future of one of your students is potentially on the line. Especially if it's a student you actually like.Not surprising
He seriously gave up on writing you a letter because figuring out how to submit a letter was too hard for him?
He had trouble with the whole process. Didn't remember the account he made on AAMC like a decade ago, ressetting the password took days (yeah I don't know why it took the AAMC that long). In the end, he stopped trying and was going on vacation, I got tired of contacting him, and already had enough letters. This is a guy who likes to mail LORs himself or just give it to the student.
To be honest, I had another letter writer that took a week of back and forth with the AAMC before he was able to get his account set up again to do it. He ultimately uploaded it, but I still hear from him months later about how annoying the whole process was.