Electronic Standardized Letter of Recommendation (eSLOR)

The eSLOR was devised and adopted by the members of the Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) which represents 182 orthopaedic residency and fellowship programs. The eSLOR 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any instructions for the eSLOR website?
Yes, click here to access eSLOR instructions.

Does my eSLOR automatically upload to the students ERAS file? 
No, ERAS does not accept automatic upload at this time. AOA hopes to add this functionality when available through ERAS. 

Is the eSLOR sufficient, or do you recommend the letter writer create an additional summary-type letter?
The eSLOR was created to standardize letters for applications. There is a comment section for the letter writers to provide additional summative information at the end of the eSLOR. Our goal is to minimize extra work for the letter writers, standardize the application process, and have the eSLOR serve as the sole letter for applicants.

What do I do with my eSLOR after it is written?

Download and print the completed PDF. That document must be manually signed and then uploaded to the student's ERAS file. Instructions for uploading a SLOR to a student's ERAS file can be found on the ERAS website. The process is exactly the same as it is for uploading a recommendation letter in narrative form. 

Who can complete an eSLOR?
An eSLOR may be completed by any board eligible or board certified orthopaedic surgeon that has useful information about the applicant. The request is generated by the applicant.

I am a medical student applying in orthopaedic surgery, and I want to make it easier for my SLOR writer to provide a letter. Can you create a login for my SLOR writer, and give it to me or send it to them?
Unfortunately, we cannot create a user account for someone other than the user. Please direct your letter writers to the AOA/CORD eSLOR website  to either log in with their AOA ID and password or to create a new account.

Can I have the eSLOR in another format?

Fortunately, the new eSLOR is only available on the new eSLOR website. This helps ensure uniformity in the eSLOR, the contents of the eSLOR, and the data that will eventually be captured by its use.

Can I use an old SLOR template if I have them completed earlier?
We understand the hardship that duplicative work entails. If at all possible, it is in the applicant's best interest to have a new eSLOR completed, but this is entirely up to you.  If you choose to use the old SLOR, the pdf can be found below.

What does the AOA do with completed eSLORs?
AOA does not use or disclose personally identifiable information contained in the eSLOR or disclose the eSLOR to any third-party. The eSLOR is used by the letter writer for submission to ERAS. The American Orthopaedic Association does not review the content of any eSLOR completed by a letter writer. AOA has no responsibility or liability for the content of the completed eSLOR or the use thereof by any third party and shall not be liable for damages or claims of any kind whatsoever related to or based upon delivery, receipt or use of or reliance on the completed eSLOR.

AOA takes reasonable steps to protect the confidentiality of the completed eSLOR, including physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards as required by law. We continually review our security procedures and mechanisms to ensure that reasonable protections are in place. 

Although AOA uses commercially reasonable efforts to protect the confidentiality of the completed eSLOR as stored by AOA, AOA cannot guarantee the strict confidentiality and security of the eSLOR and disclaims liability for disclosure thereof.