Would you use the Undergraduate LoR?

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Hi all,

When I was applying to medical school I had multiple Interviewers tell me that my LoR I had received from my PI while in undergrad was one of the best, most complimentary letters they had ever read.

Now I am applying to Residency in the upcoming match, and already have 3-4 reference letters (from my clinical time), but I am considering adding this LoR as well because it was so well received. I finished my undergrad 3 years ago (and received the letter then). I worked in the lab as a student researcher.

Thoughts on the matter?

I have done some googling and almost everyone says not to use letters from before Medical School, but part of me thinks it can't hurt.

Thanks for any input you might have
 
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Hi all,

When I was applying to medical school I had multiple Interviewers tell me that my LoR I had received from my PI while in undergrad was one of the best, most complimentary letters they had ever read.

Now I am applying to Residency in the upcoming match, and already have 3-4 reference letters (from my clinical time), but I am considering adding this LoR as well because it was so well received. I finished my undergrad 3 years ago (and received the letter then). I worked in the lab as a student researcher.

Thoughts on the matter?

I have done some googling and almost everyone says not to use letters from before Medical School, but part of me thinks it can't hurt.

Thanks for any input you might have
It will
 
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Hi all,

When I was applying to medical school I had multiple Interviewers tell me that my LoR I had received from my PI while in undergrad was one of the best, most complimentary letters they had ever read.

Now I am applying to Residency in the upcoming match, and already have 3-4 reference letters (from my clinical time), but I am considering adding this LoR as well because it was so well received. I finished my undergrad 3 years ago (and received the letter then). I worked in the lab as a student researcher.

Thoughts on the matter?

I have done some googling and almost everyone says not to use letters from before Medical School, but part of me thinks it can't hurt.

Thanks for any input you might have
Unless you're applying to a program where they will actually know this person (I guess that could happen) then No.

If you did research, whether it led to The Cure for Cancer or not, you can list that.

No one wants such a dated reference letter, though. It looks bad.
 
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Now, what do you think a Residency Director would think about this, and your decision making processes????????



Hi all,

When I was applying to medical school I had multiple Interviewers tell me that my LoR I had received from my PI while in undergrad was one of the best, most complimentary letters they had ever read.

Now I am applying to Residency in the upcoming match, and already have 3-4 reference letters (from my clinical time), but I am considering adding this LoR as well because it was so well received. I finished my undergrad 3 years ago (and received the letter then). I worked in the lab as a student researcher.

Thoughts on the matter?

I have done some googling and almost everyone says not to use letters from before Medical School, but part of me thinks it can't hurt.

Thanks for any input you might have
 

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I would not use it.

If I were interviewing you for residency and saw that letter I would first think it was wierd and then totally ignore it.