It’s finally that time of year when medical students all over the country are approaching their preceptors for those much needed Letters of Recommendation (LOR’s). This is a very awkward time for everyone involved. Many letter writers really do not want to spend their spare time drafting endless letters, but they know that it’s coming, so definitely don’t feel strange about approaching someone for a letter. On the flip side, many students feel like they have not spent enough time with their preceptors to even ask for a letter, but what’s the alternative? The fact of the matter is you cannot move forward without LOR’s, so you have to suck it up, and get it done.
Something that assisted me along the way was requesting letters at the end of each core rotation. I knew the letter writers could not upload the letters yet, but if they wanted to begin it early, which some did, they had that option. It was also less awkward at the end of the year to approach them because I knew they were expecting me. I highly recommend this tactic. It’s always a good idea to provide a copy of your personal statement, and CV when requesting a letter. This allows your preceptor to get to know you a little more before drafting the letter. More information is always better when it comes to LOR’s. Hope this helps during your letter requesting process as much as it did mine.