I hope my mother sees this, wherever she may be…
Dear Dr. Karaca,
I wanted to write this letter to say thank you for a wonderful rotation. I learned a lot from you both in the office and OR. Thank you for being so kind and answering all of my questions. Not all doctors are nice enough to hear so many questions from their students.
I also learned and relearned a lot of things not only related to surgery, but related to patient care. You truly are a humble person and surgeon.. I’m not sure if you’re aware of how rare it is for a doctor of your stature to say the words “I’m sorry”. Its just doesn’t happen. I have the utmost respect for you because of that, among many others traits you possess. The only other doctors I’ve known to work in this fashion are my father and uncle. I hope that regardless of which specialty I get accepted into I can portray these same qualities.
For the past two years I’ve been traveling the country, going from one state to another, and as you can imagine I’ve met many many doctors. You are one of only a couple I would personally be proud of to emulate.
Thank you again for such a great rotation, all the things you’ve taught me and the recommendation letter. you asked me earlier what my favorite rotation was and I think I can now safely say, it was this one.
Oh! I almost forgot to thank you for one more thing. Thank you for making me reconsider applying to surgery and all the helpful advice you gave. I know there’s a high likelihood that I might not get in, but at the very least I tried and I won’t regret that! “It’s better to have tried and failed than to live life wondering what would’ve happened if I had tried”.