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So I have already submitted the max number of LOR's but now one of the attendings who I did a subI with has finally come through and is ready to write the LOR he promised me back in September. He is a great surgeon and well known and I would really like to use his letter somehow. I'm wondering what my options are. I was thinking that maybe I could just tell him to hold off on the letter and ask him to make a few phone calls for me when it comes down to crunch time. Any other suggestions?
 

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So I have already submitted the max number of LOR's but now one of the attendings who I did a subI with has finally come through and is ready to write the LOR he promised me back in September. He is a great surgeon and well known and I would really like to use his letter somehow. I'm wondering what my options are. I was thinking that maybe I could just tell him to hold off on the letter and ask him to make a few phone calls for me when it comes down to crunch time. Any other suggestions?
If you've submitted the max letters to all the programs, then don't waste this person's time, as the letter can't be used. A phone call would be easier for him, and more useful for you.

In retrospect, sending out 3 letters to some programs, which would have made you complete at these places (some only require 3) would have allowed for you to add a 4th letter.
 

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I doubt most programs look at anything submitted past November 1 save the Dean's Letter.

You might explain to him that you appreciate the offer but the application deadline was November 1 and that you wouldn't want to waste his time, but could he make a phone call to your number 1 program?