Before you start

The reference

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Explain your connection to the person, including how you know them, and why you are qualified to write the reference.

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Give honest, factual and specific information on the person, including qualifications, what they can contribute, and why you are providing a reference letter.

Consider the appraisal headings:

The following list of attributes (compiled by the National Association of Colleges and Employers) is often listed by employers as tools on which to base eventual selection. So, these are excellent points to address (with factual evidence):

The 1991 ASCUS Annual listed the following eight intangibles as important when evaluating candidates:

  1. empathy,
  2. native intelligence,
  3. a divergent, abstract thinking style,
  4. a high level of commitment,
  5. the ability to be a "self-starter,"
  6. a high energy level,
  7. the recognition that excellence is a journey, not a destination, and
  8. the potential ability to lead.

Don't reference characteristics that can be the basis of discrimination, such as race, colour, nationality, gender, religion, age, appearance, any handicapping condition, marital or parental status, or political point of view.

Would you like to have this doctor as a partner in your practice? Why?


A brief summary of reference.


The concluding paragraph of the reference letter template contains an offer to provide more information. Include contact details.

Before posting

Proofread and sign.