4th Friday Preceptor Development - Writing a Letter of Recommendation

August 12, 2022

The 4th Friday Preceptor Development Series will provide regular programming for LMU-DCOM preceptors working with 3rd and 4th year students on clinical rotations. In the preceptor needs assessment administered in Fall 2021, preceptors self identified several knowledge gaps, including difficulty managing time constraints, understanding the baseline knowledge of students on rotation, knowing what to teach in the office, and knowing how to best communicate with and engage students. This monthly series of one hour virtual sessions delivered over the noon hour is part of a new initiative by LMU-DCOM to provide regular preceptor development programming to address ongoing preceptor needs.

Target Audience

LMU-DCOM physician preceptors

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge about essential elements of a well written letter of recommendation (LoR)
  • State the purpose(s) and potential benefits of a well-crafted LoR and comment upon the potential negative impact of a poorly crafted one.
  • Be able to state/ recognize common effective elements and pitfalls of LoRs.
Course summary
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Event starts: 
08/12/2022 - 12:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
08/12/2022 - 1:00pm EDT

J. Michael Wieting, DO, MEd, FAOCPMR-D, FAAOE | Michael.Wieting@LMUnet.edu

Dr. Michael Wieting is senior associate dean and professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and osteopathic manipulative medicine at LMU-DCOM. Dr. Wieting holds a graduate degree in professional medical education and is a former residency program director and faculty member for a fellowship program. He has served as a clinical preceptor of medical and PA students as well as residents in PM&R, family medicine, and internal medicine for multiple medical schools and PA programs. Dr. Wieting also has served as a medical director and as chair of medical education for a tertiary medical center and teaching hospital and currently serves on the Committee on Residency Placement of the Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and as a member of an ACGME accreditation review committee. He serves on a national residency program directors committee and has been an invited evidence-based presenter on how to craft effective letters of reference for medical students, residents, and colleagues at numerous state, regional, and national conferences.

There are no financial relationships to disclose.

The Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. LMU-DCOM designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in this activity.

The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) is accredited by the Maine Medical Association’s Council on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation (MMA CCMEA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

UNE COM designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM and 1.0 University of New England contact hours for non-physicians. Contact hours may be submitted by non-physician, non-PA health professionals for continuing education credits.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the ACCME through the joint providership of University of New England and LMU-DCOM. University of New England is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


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Required Hardware/software

Learners will need a device with Internet access and the ability to enter a Zoom meeting.