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Would this count as a physicians letter of recommendation?

RipSpamilton

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Hello everyone,

I'm on the verge of sending out my AMCAS/AACOMAS applications and had a question about one of my letter of recommendations. I have an extremely strong LOR from my Community College A&P professor who is an MD and Director of Cancer Research at a company that shall not be named for purposes of anonymity. I have not shadowed him in a clinical aspect, but have developed a strong and professional friendship with him after my class, and he has been my mentor throughout the last 5 years, guiding me through my journey to becoming a physician.

For the physician letter of recommendation requirement (for some schools), would this LOR satisfy it? I have shadowed many other physicians and have a good amount of shadowing hours, yet I never fully felt comfortable requesting a letter of recommendation from them. They gave up a good amount of their time teaching me and allowing me to observe, and I did not want place an extra burden on their already busy lives.
 
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Tyrese

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I have shadowed many other physicians and have a good amount of shadowing hours, yet I never fully felt comfortable requesting a letter of recommendation from them. They gave up a good amount of their time teaching me and allowing me to observe, and I did not want place an extra burden on their already busy lives.

Honestly, I resonate with this sentiment. I feel a sense of selfishness when wishing to request a LOR from any person, let alone a physician. I get that it's necessary, but deep down, I feel like a burden on them. :confused:
I have a lot of respect for the faculty or physician that mentored me, and I feel like this would detract a lot from our relationship. Of course, this is probably very silly to others around here.
 
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Hello everyone,

I'm on the verge of sending out my AMCAS/AACOMAS applications and had a question about one of my letter of recommendations. I have an extremely strong LOR from my Community College A&P professor who is an MD and Director of Cancer Research at a company that shall not be named for purposes of anonymity. I have not shadowed him in a clinical aspect, but have developed a strong and professional friendship with him after my class, and he has been my mentor throughout the last 5 years, guiding me through my journey to becoming a physician.

For the physician letter of recommendation requirement (for some schools), would this LOR satisfy it? I have shadowed many other physicians and have a good amount of shadowing hours, yet I never fully felt comfortable requesting a letter of recommendation from them. They gave up a good amount of their time teaching me and allowing me to observe, and I did not want place an extra burden on their already busy lives.
If they ask for a "physician letter" it should be fine.
If they ask for a "clinical" letter, maybe try one of the others...
 
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RipSpamilton

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Honestly, I resonate with this sentiment. I feel a sense of selfishness when wishing to request a LOR from any person, let alone a physician. I get that it's necessary, but deep down, I feel like a burden on them. :confused:
I have a lot of respect for the faculty or physician that mentored me, and I feel like this would detract a lot from our relationship. Of course, this is probably very silly to others around here.

This! I'm relieved to hear someone feels the same way I do :D
 
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