This episode is all about letters of intent and how to develop one that will standout.
Questions we discuss:
- What is a letter of intent? How is it different from a cover letter or personal statement?
- What content should be included in a letter of intent?
- How can you be specific and avoid being generic in a letter of intent?
- What is "fluff" and how to avoid it?
- What other things should I consider for my letter of intent?
This episode's take-aways:
- LOI is a short document that allows you to voice your career goals, experience and leadership that make you a fit for a residency program and also how the program can benefit you
- Content of LOI should be specific and should include: what interests you in the program, how the program can benefit you, how you can benefit the program
- LOI should be specific to each individual program
- Fluff = generic traits a lot of applicants have (hard worker, manage time) - skills you think a resident should have that you just compile a list
- To avoid "fluff" - provide specific examples as follow-ups when describing your attributes, skills or experience
- Make sure you LOI showcases that you have done a great deal of self-reflection (about your experiences and skills and capabilities you gained from them) - this is important during residency training
- Read other examples and use your resources (mentors, preceptors, professional organizations [ACCP, ASHP], books, etc.)
- Make sure your LOI aligns with your CV and other pieces of your application
- Develop a checklist of things you want to clearly articulate
- Don't write it in one sitting
- Have others read and double check your LOI
- Address it to the correct program/program director
- Be yourself!
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