LOR from non-English speaking doctor?

paki20

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ok so i volunteered in a third world country with a spanish-speaking doctor for an entire summer and i told the doctor im applying to medical school this summer and he keeps insisting that he wants to write a letter of recommendation...he said he would write the best LOR EVER...and have the entire medical staff at the clinic co-sign it....however he doesnt know a single word of english...how should i go about doing this? im not in the need for LORs and wasnt on planning on asking him..but this could be a really good LOR from the sound of it...you guys think he's going a bit over-board with the entire staff co-signing? i mean the entire staff is like 5-8 doctors/nurses who i interacted with at this small clinic...

so my three questions are:
1) should i even bother getting a LOR from him?
2) if so, how do i go about getting this LOR in english?
3) how would med schools view the co-signing?

appreciate any help/advice!
 

Cegar

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Get the LOR. Let him cosign. Have it translated. Send it in as an extra.

Also, make sure the translation is mentioned within the letter.

That is, personally, how I would go about it.

It may or may not be good advice.
 

LizzyM

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You could also save face by asking him for the letter in a sealed envelope with his signature on the flap. You hand carry it to your pre-med advisor or drop it in a wastebasket (your choice). Your pre-med advisor may be able to help you either get a certified translation or advise you that it isn't a helpful letter.

Frankly, I don't generally see these letters as helpful in comparison to letters from academics and investigators.
 
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