Letters of Recommendation (LoRs)

ERAS Document Submission At-a-Glance

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Submitting letters of recommendation (LoRs) that are substantive in content will ultimately provide the residency training program director with information pertinent to the residency recruitment and selection process. You should select your letter writers carefully and contact each program for its LoR requirements. Your LoRs should give the residency program director a clear picture of your current skills and clinical ability, in addition to your personal characteristics such as professionalism, leadership, and interpersonal skills both in the patient setting as well as with hospital staff.

For more detailed information, refer to Asking for a Letter of Recommendation (LoR), published by the ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO). This resource provides suggestions for the content of LoRs. It also provides suggestions for whom you should approach for a LoR; how to approach them; and what documents and information you should provide to your letter writers. Finally, it addresses the issue of whether you should waive your right to view your LoRs.

How do I submit my LoRs?

LoRs can be submitted through the AAMC’s Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP). If you have waived your right to view an LoR, your letter writer must upload the letter on your behalf through AAMC’s LoRP. If you have not waived your right to view an LoR, you are permitted to upload a copy through the AAMC’s LoRP, logging in using your AAMC account. Programs are able to view who has uploaded the document. For tips on uploading your LoRs, please see the Letter Writer Assistance page on the ECFMG website.

For detailed information on how your letters should be submitted using the AAMC’s Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP), refer to AAMC’s Letter of Recommendation Portal (LoRP) page.

It is your responsibility to follow up with letter writers to ensure that LoRs are ready in time to meet program deadlines.

In order for your LoRs to be available to programs, you must confirm for upload your LoR Authors and assign the letters to programs in MyERAS. There is no limit to how many LoRs you can submit, however, you can assign a maximum of four LoRs to each program.

How do I reuse LoRs from the previous ERAS application season?

For detailed instructions on reusing your LoRs, please visit Reusing Documents.

My LoR is not in English. What should I do?

If the LoR is not in English, you must have an English translation prepared by and certified to be correct by a medical school official (for example, a Dean or Registrar), a government official (for example, a Consular Officer), or a professional translation service. ECFMG’s recommended professional translation service is Straker Translations. Submit only the English translation to ERAS Support Services at ECFMG.

Last updated May 24, 2017.

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