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Update Letter Question

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by BillrothI, Jan 13, 2014.

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  1. BillrothI

    BillrothI 2+ Year Member

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    Hey Everybody,

    Quick question:

    When e-mailing an update letter, should you print it out, sign it, scan it, and then send it as an attachment, or should you simply attach an unsigned MS Word document?

    Thanks!

    -Bill R.
     
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  3. nemo123

    nemo123 5+ Year Member

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    I have a scan of my signature on my computer which I use to sign everything electronically. It makes everything so much easier.
     
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  4. jeghaber

    jeghaber 2+ Year Member

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    I didn't even bother including a signature, real or electronic. Part of it was that I didn't have that much space at the end of the page to include the several blank lines needed for a signature, and part of it was that I didn't think it was that necessary.
     
  5. AquiVoy13

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    OP: I don't think it will really make a difference. If you'd like to be more formal, then you can include the signature. Nemo's idea is cool though, I'll probably save my signature on my comp. for when needed!
     
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  6. jeghaber

    jeghaber 2+ Year Member

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    MDApps:
    Protip: if you use a Mac, you can use Preview to make the process straightforward without having to use a scanner. Go to Tools -> Annotate -> Signature (or select the Signature option after bringing up the Annotation toolbar) to "scan" a signature using your iSight camera, which can then be re-sized and included in any document.
     
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  7. justAstudent

    justAstudent SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Makes me want to get a Macbook for school now :laugh:
     
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  8. AquiVoy13

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    Sweet, thanks! You are a true Yoda.
     
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  9. BillrothI

    BillrothI 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks for the responses, everyone! I don't have a Mac, but I figured out how to kind of jury rig my signature into the MS Word document. Hopefully that will suffice.

    -Bill
     
  10. nemo123

    nemo123 5+ Year Member

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    If you have an smart phone, there's a scanner app that you could use to scan your signature. Or you could take a picture of it.
     
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  11. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Lifetime Donor Gold Donor SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    I don't know anyone who cares if you sign your "update."
     
  12. SN12357

    SN12357 2+ Year Member

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    Don't leave your sig just hanging out in the word doc, it looks unprofessional. Print the word doc as a pdf and send that. This is what I did. If you write the letter in google drive there's a way to just download it as a pdf.

    Or don't use a written sig at all, that's fine too.
     
  13. NRC Advisors Program

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    A signed letter always looks more professional, but it doesn't really matter. But be careful with electronic signatures going forward - if you can easily cut/paste it onto other documents, so can whoever you send it to...your patients, future students, etc...
     

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