Attaining the right letters of recommendation is a big part of year three. It can also be the bane of your existence during year three as well. There’s just something so awkward about walking up to an established physician and asking them to take time out of their busy schedule to write a letter about how amazing you were. That’s the mentality that every third year med student needs to get away from. We have to remember that program directors and preceptors expect this from us. They know it’s a requirement that we need to fulfill and for many years students have come before us asking for the exact same thing. It will be rare that a preceptor will say no to this request, so build up your courage and ask away. Too many letters is always better than not enough.
Also, if you’re still early on in your third year and undecided as to what you want to spend the rest of your life doing, there’s nothing wrong with asking different preceptors to gear their letters towards different residencies. My next post will include proper letter request etiquette, and some common mistakes med students make when it comes to LOR’s. Good luck and ask away!