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Writing your own letter of recommendation (from shadowing)

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Aflac0421, Jul 14, 2012.

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  1. Aflac0421

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    So I've been shadowing 2 D.O's and both were only able to give me 2-3 half day visits (since they were busy). I wasn't planning on asking for a letter of recommendation since I figured I should get one from a physician that I shadowed longer with.

    However, at the end of one of my last days, one of the D.O's actually offered a letter of recommendation. The caveat was that I was going to write my own recommendation and he would look at it and make tweaks. I can understand why he would do this, since he is a very busy person.

    Nevertheless, I feel kind of weird writing a letter of recommendation for myself. I have read about people who have done it before. What makes it unusual is that I only shadowed with this physician for 2 days. I am not too sure what to write since I feel if I oversell myself, adcoms would see write through it. On the other hand, this would be a great backup in case I can't get a letter from another osteopathic physician.

    How do you think I should proceed with this?
     
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  3. NurWollen

    NurWollen Strong with the Force 7+ Year Member

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    Definitely take the opportunity!
     
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  4. nicolemsm

    nicolemsm 5+ Year Member

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    Your situation is not uncommon with busy professionals, nor do I see any issue with it. He has told you he is going to review it for content/edit and then sign off on it. This is practically as good if not better than him writing it (only shadowing him twice as you mentioned). It's really only his signature you need!


    I'm gonna quote a helpful post previously written on SDN, hope they're of help to you in your LOR situation.

     
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  5. MedPR

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    So and so is a total badass and will dominate all diseases encountered in sickly patients. He should be a doctor. Make it so, ADCOM member.

    Best LOR, EVER.
     
  6. 411309

    411309 zzzz

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    "Basically, when I first saw him I knew he was true greatness. At first I was hesistant to even have him shadow under me...I mean with his massive intellect, I should be HIS shadow. Soon, after getting over my nerves, I approached him and became a better doctor because of it. Despite his impressive demeanor, hes a very down to earth person. Would not be surprised if he cures all forms of cancer within 3 months of becoming a doctor"
     
  7. rzoo14

    rzoo14 5+ Year Member

    Oh stop talking about me like that. But thank you :p
     
  8. Back 5

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    I am bumping this thread because I've been asked to write my own LOR and I liked the example template given in a previous post. Makes it easier to find the thread :)
     
  9. BuddyTheElf

    BuddyTheElf Smiling's my favorite. 2+ Year Member

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    :thumbup:
    I had a physician who asked me to do the same thing for a LOR. Never pass up the opportunity for a (good) LOR!
     
  10. Kahuku Monkey

    Kahuku Monkey 2+ Year Member

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    Probably my favorite SDN post ever. Couldn't stop laughing the first time I read this.
     
  11. Back 5

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    Did you follow the posted advice in this thread for the content, or did you find another template? Anything you could share I'd appreciate it!
     
  12. pre med 2014

    pre med 2014 SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    This is a win
     
  13. BuddyTheElf

    BuddyTheElf Smiling's my favorite. 2+ Year Member

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    No, I just Googled how to write a letter of recommendation and just kind of winged it. I also had copies of other LOR that I had received in the past (for grant applications, research fellowship app, etc), so I read those to see what style to use and what types of things to include. Posted above is a nice template, though! Wish I would have had that to use!
     
  14. CRCprofessional

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    I've been in the exact same situation and written my own. Used templates I found online. Tried to keep in general and in line with the experience the physician and I had together.
     
  15. pre med 2014

    pre med 2014 SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Didn't want to start a new thread for this. But is it pretty typical to get around faculty letters? I've been out of school or a couple of years and getting 3 letters would be difficult and pointless.
     
  16. touchpause13

    touchpause13 nolite te bastardes carborundorum 5+ Year Member

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    I couldn't help but notice ur avatar back5

    Good to see another rugger 'round these parts
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  17. Mmmarti4

    Mmmarti4 FutureDO23 2+ Year Member

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    I couldn't help but notice the avatar either. Made me really excited! Rugger for life!
     
  18. touchpause13

    touchpause13 nolite te bastardes carborundorum 5+ Year Member

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    I've been waiting to use this haha uploadfromtaptalk1359475877784.jpg

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  19. NontradCA

    NontradCA American Hero 5+ Year Member

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    Your avatar is visually assaultive.
     
  20. touchpause13

    touchpause13 nolite te bastardes carborundorum 5+ Year Member

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    i don't get it :(
     
  21. Anicetus

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  22. Back 5

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    :laugh:

    Never saw the replies to this thread. Excellent!
     
  23. Anicetus

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    Should we address why a student would be good for Osteopathic medicine? Or just medicine in general?
     
  24. FutureMD129

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    Writing one's own LOR seems strange to me, to say the least. I've never heard of this until I came across this post.
     
  25. premedprincess26

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    a lot of the templates just go over what kind of characterisitcs and skills to go over, but general recommendation articles say that you should not just do that and have an anecdote as well. Did you guys do that? and if so, what kind of anecdote? I am writing a letter for myself for a DO physician I shadowed, but I don't really do much when shadowing, but shadow so idk what kind of anecdote to give.
     

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