Standardized Letter of Recommendation (SLOR)

The SLOR was devised and adopted by the members of the Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) which represents 168 orthopaedic residency and fellowship programs. The SLOR is intended to provide residency programs a more concise perspective on a candidate than what is traditionally outlined in a letter. Standardized questions and options for answers make comparisons easy and much more accurate. Letter writers need to complete this one form, eliminating the need for a separate narrative letter of recommendation.

Instructions for use:
  1. Download the SLOR 
  2. Save the file to a local drive
  3. Add the applicant's name and ERAs Letter ID number
  4. Use the SHARE button at the bottom of the second page to forward the SLOR to the letter writer

We recommend using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader or Acrobat Pro. The SLOR may not be editable in Preview on an Apple computer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the upload requirements?
All files must be in Adobe PDF format. The maximum file size is 500KB. The filename cannot contain spaces or special characters (i.e. hyphens, slashes, periods, etc.). 

Do letter writers need to complete an SLOR in addition to the narrative letter of recommendation (i.e. two letters of recommendation)? 
Letter writers are encouraged to complete just the SLOR. 

Should letter writers copy their narrative letter of recommendations in the personal comments section?
The personal comments section is ideal for providing personal feedback. However, the size is limited to approximately 300 words (1830 characters), so an entire letter will not fit. 

Is the use of the SLOR a requirement?
While the AOA's CORD Program strongly encourages use of the SLOR by all orthopaedic programs, we can not mandate use. The SLOR was designed by program faculty and thus they are invested in its adoption/use. 

What are the institutions that have declined to use the SLOR this interview season?
This is the first full application season where the SLOR is being recommended. While CORD represents more than 90% of accredited residency programs, we have communicated to all institutions with orthopaedic residency programs in regards to the SLOR. We have not received any communication from a program indicating that they will not use the SLOR. 

Will use of the SLOR reflect poorly on an applicant?

If letter writers wants to include a narrative letter of recommendation with the SLOR, should they?
Letter writers can include an actual letter along with the SLOR. All current ERAs standards for the letter of recommendation would still apply. The two documents would need to be combined into one PDF and uploaded to ERAS. Please ensure the size limit listed above is adhered to.