Letter of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation
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The real-life sample below is a classic recommendation letter or letter of recommendation. As is true for all such letters, it is addressed to a specific individual, and it is written for a very specific purpose. These two points differentiate it from a general purpose "To Whom It May Concern" reference letter.

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December 3, 20xx

Michael Rutledge, M.D.
Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
Illinois State University, School of Medicine
Illinois State University - Main Campus
Chicago, IL, USA 60615

Dear Dr. Rutledge:

I am writing this letter of recommendation in support of Dr. M. Chandani's nomination for an Illinois State University Trustee Teaching Award.

I have known Dr. Chandani for the past 30 months, as a fellow in the division of Clinical Pharmacology/Gastroenterology and Hepatology. During that period I worked very closely with him in the clinic and on various research projects. As a result, I have become very familiar with Dr. Chandani as a teacher. Accordingly, I am writing this because it is my sincere belief that he is eminently qualified to be a recipient of an Illinois State University Trustee Teaching Award.

Over the past year and one-half Dr. Chandani has demonstrated to me time and again that he is an exceptional communicator and gifted teacher. In my opinion, he is the perfect model for a teacher in a school of medicine. He is a highly dedicated professional who knows how to motivate his students to strive for excellence. Both in the lecture hall and in person, Dr. Chandani is a dynamic and powerful communicator who possesses the gift of being able to make complex subjects understandable. In spite of these formidable gifts, he is a humble and approachable person who loves to share his extensive knowledge with others, his students in particular.

Dr. Chandani has played a major role in helping me choose a career in Clinical Pharmacology Gastroenterology/Hepatology. Under his tutelage I have been motivated to strive for and achieve exceptionally high standards in patient care. In our work together on several research projects he provided me with outstanding mentorship in the disciplines of: study design, protocol writing, data analysis, and reporting. In many areas, both personally and professionally, Dr. Chandani has taught and encouraged me to meet challenges that I had never before thought possible.

In closing, it is with sincere conviction that I enthusiastically recommend that Dr. M. Chandani be selected as a recipient of Illinois State University Trustee Teaching Award.


Ronald T. Morgano, M.D.

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