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Hey everyone, I'm a current 4th year student who will be applying to both radiology and IM and wanted people's opinion regarding reference letters. For context, I have 1 radiology and 4 IM letters so far. 1. I've read that specific letters are preferred over general ones, but in my case I'll be using my IM letters for both radiology and IM. Should I ask my IM referees to write a general letter or a specific letter for IM? 2. How preferable is it to submit a letter that's specific for IM to radiology? Since it's hard to get strong radiology letters on electives, I hear it's quite common that applicants use letters from other specialties. 3. Does general vs. specific letters differ significantly, if I ask my referee to comment on the same skills and qualities? Thank you!
A question for anyone who can provide advice: I happened to receive a significant scholarship yesterday for placing the top female/male of my class for clerkship year and I've applied for a specialty that I think values academic achievements more than others (for eg, Ottawa rads asked for a breakdown of med school marks and not just the P/F). Any advice on if/how I should include it in my post-carms application? I've been told to add a "note" on the carms application site that would send the note to all the programs, but I worry that it may be taken as bragging or too assertive. I've also been told to bring it up at interviews but it's kind of an awkward thing to bring up! Does it even matter at this point, when most programs likely would have reviewed my application? Thank you in advance!