This page provides advice to educators for writing meaningful and effective letters of recommendation. Resources included here offer guidance specifically for letters of recommendation for medical students and residents. There are also guides that include more general strategies that can be applied to any type of letter of recommendation. These resources offer suggestions about the type of content that should be included, proper formatting, appropriate timing, and other guidelines to assist with the writing process, and there are examples of strong letters of recommendation as well.
From the University of California San Francisco a set of guidelines for writing letters of recommendations for residency applications. A concise and clearly written list of suggested guidelines aimed at guiding the writer through the writing process.
This is a sample of a strong fellowship recommendation letter from a professor at a medical school for a student who has completed a medical residency and desires to be accepted into a neurosurgery fellowship.
A guide from Drexel University College of Medicine Career Development Center. This guide is intended to assist faculty members who have agreed to write a letter on behalf of a medical student seeking assistance with their residency application. This document may also be useful for letters of recommendation for other purposes.
From the University of Washington, Family Medicine Residency Selection & Career Advising, this is an example of a strong letter for a medical student.
A brief guide from MMC Department of Medical Education. This guide is intended to assist faculty members who have agreed to write a letter on behalf of a medical student.
This is an example of a strong letter for a medical student applying to a residency program.