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HSR&D Career Development Award Enhancement Initiative

Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation and Promotion for Yourself and Others

by Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM ; Lauren Matukaitis Broyles, PhD, RN
Seminar date: 6/9/2015

Description: Effectively written letters of recommendation and promotion are critical for the professional success of an academic researcher; however, few investigators are familiar with specific strategies for preparing these types of letters. Early-stage faculty and investigators are often asked to draft initial letters for themselves, and as they move forward in their careers, will be writing similar letters for their students, mentees, and peers. This cyberseminar will discuss typical letter format and content, practical strategies that can be used to draft compelling letters for oneself or others, and special issues such as inadvertent gender bias in letters of recommendation. As one of Dr. Broyles' CDA Mentors, Dr. Gordon will serve as the faculty facilitator and discussant during this presentation. Intended audience: Current CDAs, CDA Alumni and Mentors.

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