Gathering References and Letters of Recommendation

Practices will usually request 2–3 references that they will contact to ask about you. They may or may not request formal letters of recommendation.

One reference is typically the Residency Program Director

Choose faculty, mentors and/or advisors with whom you have worked closely and can give an accurate and thorough description of your capabilities as a physician and colleague.

Give your references advanced notice that they may be contacted by particular practices and the position for which you are applying

If formal letters are requested, give the letter-writers several weeks’ notice to allow them enough time to compose a thoughtful letter.

Provide a copy of your CV to your references and/or letter-writers.


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