Development and Assessment of Early Utilization of the Standardized Letter of Recommendation for Use in the Radiology Residency Match.

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RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Letters of recommendation are essential for residency applications. Traditionally, narrative letters have been used. Standardized letters of recommendation (SLOR) have been developed and have benefits to the writer and reader. The goal was to develop an informative, meaningful, and efficient SLOR for the radiology residency Match and to assess its early use. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An Association of University Radiologists (AUR) Research and Education Venture Fund Grant was awarded for the development of a SLOR for use in the radiology residency Match. Grant recipients developed the letter and modifications were based on feedback from the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology (AMSER) SLOR task force and a larger task force including additional AUR and Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR) members. AUR and APDR members were surveyed in 2020 to assess the radiology SLOR. RESULTS: The radiology SLOR became available for use in September 2018. It highlights the top six traits or abilities deemed most valued in a resident candidate and guides the writer to develop a concrete narrative. Top perceived benefits of the Radiology SLOR are ease of reading and interpretation. Top perceived drawbacks are an impersonal format and concerns regarding program directors' perceptions of the new SLOR. SLOR utilization increased in the second year of availability. CONCLUSION: The radiology SLOR was developed and first used in 2018. Its use increased over two years and will likely continue to increase given the perceived benefits and increasing awareness of the SLOR.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Carrico, CWT; Lourenco, AP; Jambhekar, K

Published Date

  • October 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1583 - 1589

PubMed ID

  • 35341687

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-4046

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.acra.2022.02.004


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States