Letters of Recommendation: Medical Students for Residency Applications

Ronald Flenner, MD

Ronald Flenner, MD is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and previously the Associate Dean for Medical Education at EVMS. Dr. Flenner received his MD from EVMS and completed residency at the Medical College of Virginia.  During his 14 years as clerkship director for Internal Medicine at EVMS his leadership transformed the education and experience of the medical students to the highest rated clerkship at EVMS. In 2012 he led the LCME re-accreditation process at EVMS.  He is recognized as the James E. Etheridge Distinguished Professor.  Dr. Flenner's educational involvement extends nationally including the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the AAMC.  In 2013 he was awarded the American College of Physicians Virginia Academic Teaching Award.

Letters of Recommendation: Medical Students for Residency Applications

With the growth in medical student numbers but not a corresponding growth in residency slots there is increased competition for medical students applying to residency programs. A well written letter of recommendation is an important component of the residency application.  At EVMS there is a process for medical students to request letters of recommendation from faculty, and there exist various templates for faculty to use when constructing and writing the recommendation letters. 

At the end of the professional development byte you will be able to:

  • Describe the process for creating letters of recommendation
  • Identify important deadlines
  • Identify the important and relevant components of a letter of recommendation

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Letters of Recommendation: Medical Students for Residency Application  (CME Credit)

Letters of Recommendation: Medical Students for Residency Application (Non CME Credit)


  1. APDIM- CDIM Guidelines for Department of Medicine Summary Letters
  2. The Standardized Letter of Evaluation (Emergency Medicine)
  3. EVMS Office of Student Affairs

Release date: June 01, 2016

Expiration date: May 31, 2019

Dr. Flenner has disclosed he has no relevant financial relationships