Name: residency applicant
two lines of your current address
can go here
Seeking a possibility for shadowing[i] in Dept. of (your favorite field here). This line will be an explanatory heading unlike the email subject, which has to be attention grabbing.
Dear Dr. Dept. Chair[ii] (personalize by using name),
(Introduction, paragraph). The purpose of my correspondence with you is to explore opportunity to shadow in your department. As you may be aware, one of the silent requisites prior to being accepted into a US program is familiarity with the US health care system[iii]. I am determined to understand the nature and workings of health care delivery in US and for that matter would like to shadow a medical team.
(Why I chose you, paragraph). The reason I chose your department is because, it is one of the busiest programs with illustrious faculty, and a training program[iv] that seems to uphold the six core values of the ACGME curriculum[v]. The breadth of patient care issues and the depth of involvement of your physicians are worth learning from.
(Why you should choose me, paragraph). I am driven and ambitious to achieve a level of professional excellence, which I see in action at your program. The testament to that statement comes from ______ (insert your best accomplishment, or recognition, it has to be good!)[vi]. Also, I am very interested in continuing this association by applying to your program for residency starting in 20__. This engagement will allow the faculty to evaluate for themselves a potential asset for the program. I am attaching a one page resume for your perusal at this time[vii], I will be more than happy to send a detailed CV, if you wish to consider extending me the offer.
February 22, 2008
Address of hospital/school
Dear Dr. Contact,
Greetings. My name is Jennifer Sam and I am currently a medical student in the fourth year at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. I heard of this hospital through so and so OR I have previously participated in overseas work with xyz OR I am a member of this organization/church since 2000. I am very interested in pursuing a medical elective overseas to strengthen and compliment my medical education. I would like to request the appropriate application materials and description of courses that your institution offers to U.S. medical students.
I plan to do this elective during my fourth year between August of 2008 to May 2009. By then, I will have completed and passed the basic science lecture courses and my third year hospital rotations which include 8 weeks of Pediatrics, 4 weeks of Neurology, 12 weeks of Internal Medicine, 12 weeks of Surgery, 6 weeks of Obstetrics/Gynecology, and 6 weeks of Psychiatry. In addition, I am fluent in Spanish or I have completed so many years of Spanish training. I have enclosed my transcript and my Dean's letter for your review. (If you check their requirements and send letters you can expedite the process.)
Although I would be most interested in participating actively in ward activities in Pediatrics or the following specialties, I will be glad to consider any position you might suggest.
I thank you in advance and hope to hear from you soon.
Medical student's name
Page 'Breadcrumb' Navigation:
Back to Top