Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about boss withholding a recommendation:
I am MD and just finish my fellowship. My program director is not giving me a recommendation letter and I can’t get the job or medical license! I had very good standing during the training and no actions were taken against me.
Signed, Need That Letter
Dear Need That Letter:
The first and most obvious action is to communicate with your program director about why he is not giving you a recommendation letter. He knows how significant it is and realizes the impact of his actions. Unless there would a serious violation of protocol, I would advise sending him a letter or email and requesting a response in writing. He will understand what you are doing, which is documenting his statements. But, I’m sure he is aware of your concerns anyway.