Practical Tips for Promotion
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External Letters – How to Get Them!
Submitted by: Tracey Straker, MD, MS, MPH, FASA (Full Professor)
You most probably will have to get letters of recommendation from faculty outside your institution. These letters should be written by someone who is familiar with your work. This can be a daunting task for junior faculty –it certainly was for me! Approach it strategically and start early!
- Your local state anesthesia society can be a gold mine – give a lecture for one of the meetings.
- Join the society of a subspecialty or a niche in anesthesia that you are interested in. Often times these societies are significantly smaller and more intimate than the larger societies. It may be easier to become involved and get to know people.
- If you have colleagues at other institutions, try to give Grand Rounds at these outside institutions.
- Get to know one or two medical students well – mentor them in producing a poster or an abstract.
- Try to collaborate on a project with a colleague in another institution or another service. An example of this is writing a book chapter with colleague in another institution – it does not have to be an anesthesia colleague – it could be a surgeon.