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Thank you notes?

Discussion in 'Ophthalmology: Eye Physicians & Surgeons' started by Oftalmologo, Nov 2, 2002.

  1. Oftalmologo

    Oftalmologo Junior Member
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    Does anyone have a feel for the current etiquette regarding thank you notes following an interview. I know that traditionally it has been the appropriate thing to do, but more recently I have been told not to bother they won't be read anyway. What do you think?
     
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  3. Andrew_Doan

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    I was told not to write Thank you notes; however, I really wanted certain programs to know that I was grateful and interested in their program. So I wrote personalized letters to all the people who interviewed me at the programs I liked. I typed the letters on my laptop during the flight home.

    Good luck!
     
  4. dr hibbard

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    Did you write letters to each of them ( at some places I've interviewed with 7-10 faculty) and was each letter different? Also, would you tell the program you planned to rank them highly (assuming you did plan to do this)?
     
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    Dr. Hibbard,

    I was told not to write letters, but I felt that it was important to let the programs know that I'm interested and appreciated their time. Letters are not necessary, and I am not sure if they make a difference. However, I felt better letting people know I liked their program and enjoyed speaking with them.

    I wrote letters to EACH interviewer. I sent out 7-9 letters at each place I interviewed that I liked. I only interviewed at 7, but I liked all of them! :) For the programs that I ranked highly, I stated that I am ranking them highly or that they are my first choice (you can tell them, but they can't really talk to you). Communication has to be uni-directional. For the programs lower on my rank list, I stated that I liked their program and that I hope they will offer my the opportunity to work with them as a resident.

    Each letter was different. The first few sentences were the same. Then the second paragraph was personal. I kept notes on what was discussed during the interview, and then I wrote, for instance, that I enjoyed discussing.... A... B.... and C.... and that I appreciate their advice on ... D... and E....

    As stated above, letters are COMPLETELY optional. Not everyone writes them. They may not even help. I just felt good writing to the programs I liked. I was even bold enough to e-mail the residency director and department chairman at Iowa; however, they did not give me any information. :(

    Good luck!
     

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