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.

Writing Letter of Recommendation

For Residents

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Writing Letter of Recommendation for Residency

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.

Sample Fellowship Recommendation Letter

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.

For Students

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Guidelines for Writing Letters of Recommendation

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.

Letters of Reference Letter Sample

From the University of Washington, Family Medicine Residency Selection & Career Advising, this is an example of a strong letter for a medical student.

Writing Letters of Recommendation

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.

Sample Letter of Recommendation for Residency Program

This is an example of a strong letter for a medical student applying to a residency program.