I have a mentor that works at my top Med school diversity department that does research. I was hoping to receive a LOR from him, I spent a summer researching. He was recently fired/resigned (not sure) from his position because his co-workers (boss above him) didn't like the way he interacts with students (too transparent about the research program). Which I don't really get...
Is it worth it to ask him for this LOR? I can predict that he would be someone to just sign-off at the end of a LOR I write. Risky? or not? What's your opinion?
Also, I understand that what matters is if the letter writer knows you well. Can someone debunk that PhD & MD>MEd&MPH... when it comes to LORs. Do Adcoms really care about what is behind the name, or the LOR content?
Thanks in advance.
I've never heard this. I was always under the impression that a letter writer's degree isn't really important (as long as they're a faculty member, not a grad student / your work supervisor, not your coworker, etc.).
I wouldn't ask that guy for a LOR either. You likely don't know all the details surrounding his leaving the school and it could be risky to associate yourself with him. If you really need/want a letter from him, at the very least, I wouldn't send it to the school he was fired/resigned from. But keep in mind that academia is a small world.