AUPN Leadership Minute Episode 1: How to Write a Trainee Recommendation Letter


Episode 1 of the AUPN Leadership Minute features Alissa Willis, MD, of University of Mississippi Medical Center; and Rohit Das, MD, of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. [WATCH TIME: 3 minutes]

WATCH TIME: 3 minutes

AUPN's Leadership Minute is a brief, highly focused summary of practical advice for Chairs, Program Directors and other leaders in academic neurology, available as both mini-podcasts and in short form videos.

The goal of this program is to provide relevant and useful information in a modicum of time, designed to fit seamlessly into our very busy schedules.

Writing compelling and succinct letters of recommendation for trainees

  • Get to know your candidate better: meet them, they may be able to suggest important encounters or specific events for the letter, obtain CV and Statement of Purpose
  • The letter should have three parts
  • The first part of the paragraph should introduce yourself and describe concrete traits about the candidate (examples: honest, clinical reasoning, ethical skills, etc.)
  • The second paragraph should compare the applicant to others you have evaluated in numerical terms, define performance variables (example honors) and provide a global assessment of the candidate

Click here to access the full PowerPoint presentation for the episode.

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